Pop star Justin Bieber broke down in tears at the end of his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards because he was expecting to be booed after making a number of mistakes during the set.
The Baby hitmaker made his big comeback at the awards show in Los Angeles on Sunday night (30Aug15) after an extended break from music, during which he suffered numerous personal problems and brushes with the law.
Bieber was seen crying on stage as the crowd cheered him at the end of his show, and the singer now reveals he was expecting a negative reaction from the audience.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he explains, "It was so overwhelming for me, everything... I missed some cues so I was a little disappointed at that... Honestly, I just wasn't expecting them to support me in the way they did. Last time I was at an awards show (at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013) I was booed... I think it's just like I've worked so hard at this (new) album and at becoming the man I want to become, and then stepping into situations, you just can't help but feel judged...
"So I was just feeling judged and wanting to win so badly, and wanting to do what I love so badly that I just put everything on the line. And I think that that was what was so special about the emotional moment at the end, that it was authentic. It was real. I was really just wanting it so bad."
Bieber's song with Skrillex and Diplo, Where Are U Now, landed an award for best visual effects at the VMAs on Sunday.