Justin Bieber hopes to soon be back on top of his game — both as an individual and in his new role of husband.
While the pop star may be “very happy” in his marriage to wife Hailey Baldwin, the “Love Yourself” singer is trying to do just that as he focuses on his own mental health, multiples sources confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively on Tuesday.
“He wants to be the best possible husband for Hailey,” a source close to Bieber tells PEOPLE. “It’s one thing to have your issues when you’re single, but when you’re married, there’s two people’s happiness at stake. He’s working on himself so that he can be a good partner to her.”
Bieber himself insisted on seeking treatment, a decision which wife Baldwin fully supports. “This is not marriage counseling and this isn’t an indication that anything is wrong with the marriage,” the source says.
While Bieber’s therapy sessions — which the singer takes seriously, never missing an appointment — haven’t been easy, the star is focused on becoming as healthy as possible.
“His emotions are raw, but he knows that this counseling — however painful — is what he needs as he moves forward with life,” says the source of the sessions, which have both spiritual and secular components from pastors and licensed professionals.
“He’s feeling very positive that he’s uncovering some root issues, and everyone is optimistic that this will help him figure out his next chapter.”
During a recent interview for Vogue‘s March cover, the newlyweds — who secretly exchanged vows in a civil courthouse ceremony in September — opened up to the magazine about the start of their romance, their previous breakup, and how all they want is to have a healthy marriage done “the right way.”
“The thing is, marriage is very hard,” Baldwin told the publication. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
The couple also revealed that they have been going to therapy to strengthen their communication and are working on making sure they can talk to each other without having their personalities clash.
“He’ll say, ‘I feel,’ and I’ll say, ‘I think,’ I have to really dive deep and struggle to be in touch with my emotions. He gets there immediately,” explained Baldwin.
On his differences with his wife, Bieber said: “I’m the emotionally unstable one. I struggle with finding peace. I just feel like I care so much and I want things to be so good and I want people to like me. Hailey’s very logical and structured, which I need. I’ve always wanted security — with my dad being gone sometimes when I was a kid, with being on the road. With the lifestyle I live, everything is so uncertain. I need one thing that’s certain. And that is my baby boo.”
Married life has been anything but easy for the supermodel and pop star, and religion, self-love, and even fighting has helped them grow together.
“Fighting is good. Doesn’t the Bible talk about righteous anger? We don’t want to lose each other,” Bieber shared. “We don’t want to say the wrong thing, and so we’ve been struggling with not expressing our emotions, which has been driving me absolutely crazy because I just need to express myself, and it’s been really difficult to get her to say what she feels.”
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At the end of the day, all Baldwin wants is to have a stable bond with her husband — which doesn’t mean perfection but rather a foundation that’s built on always being there for each other through the ups and downs.
“It’s just that I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship, I want people to know that,” she said. “We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice. You don’t feel it every single day. You don’t wake up every day saying, ‘I’m so absolutely so in love and you are perfect.’ That’s not what being married is.”
Baldwin added that while getting married at a young age can be “scary,” she’s committed to building a lasting foundation with her husband.
“But there’s something beautiful about it anyway — about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone,” she said. “We’re really young, and that’s a scary aspect. We’re going to change a lot. But we’re committed to growing together and supporting each other in those changes. That’s how I look at it. At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”