Justin Bieber Releases Heartfelt Video: ‘I’m Not Who I Was Pretending to Be’
The video, shot mostly in the dark, features Bieber speaking softly and sincerely after his appearance on ‘Ellen,’ opening up about his feelings in a way that the ‘Home to Mama’ singer never has before.
“I just wanted to make a video because I wanted to express how I feel right now,” he quietly reveals. “Today, I was on ‘Ellen’ … but I was really nervous, and I think I was nervous because I was afraid of what people are thinking of me right now. It’s been a minute since I’ve made a public appearance, and I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited — basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half.”
“I’m not who I was pretending to be,” he confesses. “Why I say ‘pretending’ is often we pretend to be something we’re not as a coverup of what we’re truly feeling inside. And there were a lot of feelings going on in there. Just being young and growing up in this business is hard. Growing up in general is hard.”
“But yeah, I just felt awkward up there,” he continues. “I felt like people were judging me, and I really want people to know how much I care, how much I care about people and how I’m not that person to say, ‘I don’t give a f—,’ you know, I’m not that kid; I’m a person who genuinely cares. Although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to make the best impression on people and be kind and loving and gentle and soft. Although people can call me a softy, that’s how my mom raised me.”
In response to Bieber’s brave video, Beliebers have trended #JustinWeDontJudgeYou on Twitter.
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