Justin Bieber revealed he has been “struggling a lot” in an emotional Instagram post — and a source tells PEOPLE it’s all part of his recovery process.
The “Love Yourself” singer, 25, shared his message on Saturday, writing that though he feels “super disconnected and weird,” he has faith that he will bounce back.
“Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird,” he wrote, including a picture of himself praying next to manager Scooter Braun and Kanye West. (Bieber first shared the photo — which originally also included Sean “Diddy” Combs — to Instagram in March 2016.)
He continued, “I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your [sic] guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on..”
A source tells PEOPLE that Bieber’s transparent message about his struggles was a “big step” for the star, who PEOPLE confirmed in February has been receiving treatment for depression.
“The whole point of counseling and therapy is to get to the bottom of why you feel the way you feel. Once you reach the truth about yourself, you tell other people the truth,” the source said. “This was Justin being authentic and telling people his truth. So that Instagram post was an important part of his recovery.”
The source continued, “It was a big step for him to do that. He was a little nervous about being public, but he also knows that his road to improvement comes with this level of honesty. He decided that now was time to address things, and to let everyone know what’s going on.”
Following Bieber’s decision to seek treatment, an insider told PEOPLE he was “feeling very positive” and working hard to uncover “some root issues” through counseling sessions with both spiritual and secular components from pastors and licensed professionals.
“Everyone is optimistic that this will help him figure out his next chapter,” said the source.
Things continued to look up for the singer when he turned 25 on March 1, as a source told PEOPLE he was in a “really good place.”
“He’s got all the money he will ever need, and he’s starting to really center himself and focus on his future,” the insider said. “Therapy has helped empower him: he’s focusing on the positives, not the negatives. He knows that he’s beginning a new life.”
“25 sure looks good on u lover,” she wrote alongside a heart emoji.