Justin Bieber has made his emotional comeback at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards with a medley of “What Do You Mean?” and “Where Are U Now” — and it was enough to make the singer keel over in tears.
With a blue light illuminating his silhouette, Bieber sang the opening bars of “Where Are U Now” in a baseball cap and all-black ensemble while keeping his face hidden. He kept the song sweet and simple until the Jack U beat dropped and he erupted into the Bieber choreography that we know and love.
“Life is a journey. Sometimes a battle,” he said. “Always the unexpected. Sometimes you focus on the destination and forget to focus on that journey. When you fall it allows you to get up stronger. It allows you not to lean on your own understanding, give in to fate… Believe in something bigger than yourself and find your purpose.”
After giving an inspirational speech, Beiber was launched into the air, turning himself into a real-life hologram. When it was all over, he bent over in tears. This is the real Bieber.
The video for “What Do You Mean?” will be revealed right after the VMAs on Sunday.