Granted, it wasn’t as earth-shaking as Yeezy running for office or as intriguingly confusing as the beef between Nicki and Miley, but Justin Bieber randomly crying after performing “What Do You Mean?” was easily the third most confusing thing to happen at the VMAs on Sunday.
MTV took the video of the performance off its Twitter account, but you can still see stills of the intense moment.
i will always stand by you @justinbieber always! #WeAreProudOfYouJustin pic.twitter.com/54A37IwJEd — Justin Bieber Team (@SecuteBelieber) August 31, 2015
At the time, it was super confusing and incredibly random, but thanks to an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," we now have an answer to why it all went down.
In the video above, Bieber explained he was a little angry with himself because he missed a few dance moves, but he was more emotional because of the response he received from the crowd.
He told Fallon,
I just wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way they did… Last time I was at an award show I was booed.
I’ve worked so hard at this album. I’ve worked so hard at just becoming the man I want to become and then just like stepping into situations you just can’t help but feel judged. So, I was just feeling judged and just wanting to win so badly and just wanting to do what I love so badly. 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 like just wanting it so bad.
Um, wow. That was incredibly sweet, Justin.
Sure, it was ruined a few seconds later when he told the people in the audience they all frequently get into the same kind of trouble he does, but like, let's just try to remember Justin for being sweet and not for that assumption.