In May 2015, Justin Bieber completed the last of his 12 court-ordered anger management classes. The classes were required as part of a plea deal Bieber made stemming from a January 2014 drunk driving incident. In September 2014, he pled guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest.
This wasn’t the first spot of trouble for the Canadian popstar. That same year, he pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism after egging his neighbor’s home. And that year her also settled a lawsuit alleging he ordered his bodyguard to assault a paparazzi photographer.
Bieber has come a long way since his 2014 troubles, but the singer still struggles with anger management issues. At a concert just months after he had finished the classes, Bieber stormed off after fan spilled liquid on the stage.
Bieber later apologized for his actions via Instagram. “Hopefully people will understand where I am coming from. I don’t always handle things the right way, but I’m human and I’m working on getting better at responding not reacting,” he said.
Anger management classes teach you how to identify, diffuse and detect the early signs of anger and they give you tools to de-escalate situations and express express yourself in a healthy way. Overall, they improve a person’s emotional wellness and improve success throughout a person’s life.
While Bieber may be a work in progress, from his Instagram posts, he seems to have absorbed some of the lessons taught in his anger management classes and they seem to have had an overall positive effect on him. Last month he took to Instagram to post photos from his time in jail along with the hashtags “#jailsnotacoolplacetobe, #notfun #neveragain.”
Bieber isn’t the first celebrity to be forced to attend anger management classes and he won’t be the last. (Others have included Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Britney Spears.) But the change he’s undergone since taking them shows the impact they can have on a person’s life.