Why Justin Bieber Cried At VMAs — The Singer Explains In His Own Words On 'The Tonight Show'

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Justin Bieber performs onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards brought plenty of OMG moments, but perhaps the most touching came in the form of an overwhelmed and emotional Justin Bieber at the end of his "Where Are You Now?/What Do You Mean?" performance. Speaking out about it for the first time, the singer sat with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Wednesday in a much anticipated appearance. So if you've been wondering just why Bieber cried at the VMAs, here's the real reason in his own words.

It was just so overwhelming for me. Everything. Just the performance. I missed some cues so I was little disappointed at that and just everyone and just their support. I just honestly — let me breathe for a second — I wasn't expecting them to support me in the way they did.
Last time I think I was at the VMAs, or last time I was at an awards show, I was booed. I think it's just like, I worked so hard at this album. I've worked so hard at becoming the man I want to become, and then stepping into situations, you can't help but feel judged. So I was just feeling judged and wanting to win so badly and just wanting to do what I love so badly that I just put everything on the line.
And I think that was what was so special about the emotional moment at the end. It was authentic. It was real. I was really just wanting it so bad.
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Bieber went on to acknowledge he was going through growing pains, but he was ready to turn it all around.

Well, what it was is that I just had a bunch of knuckleheads around me, that was pretty much it. ... I just went through a place of just trying to figure it out and making decisions. You have to figure out what you are OK with and what you're not OK with, but you have to test the waters. I just happened to be in front of a bunch of spotlights, like in the spotlight and in front of cameras all the time, and they caught all those moments.

Fallon, who has definitely taken his fair share of jabs at the Biebz, said how much he supported him, saying, "Well, what makes a man I think is also not how much you can fight, but if you get knocked down, can you get up. And boy did you get up and boy did you come back fighting."

"What Do You Mean?" is currently No. 1 on Billboard charts, and his new album drops Nov. 13. If you weren't a Belieber in his comeback, you might be now.

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