Bieber: Here's Why I Cried at the VMAs
Applause was a lot better than boos, he says
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2015 8:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Justin Bieber appeared on the Tonight Show last night to talk about his first album in three years and ended up explaining the tearful end to his VMAs performance on Sunday. "It was just so overwhelming for me, everything, just the performance—I missed some cues so I was a little disappointed at that—and just everyone, just the support," the 21-year-old said, per People. "Honestly, I just wasn't expecting them to support me in the way they did," he added. "Last time I was at an award show I was booed."

Bieber also touched on his past troubles. "I had a bunch of knuckleheads around me, that was pretty much it," he said. "You have to test the waters. I just happened to be in the spotlight, in front of cameras all the time, and they caught all those moments." Bieber then pointed at the crowd, asking, "You didn't have those moments?" Jimmy Fallon's response: "Not as much as you did." The Biebs' new album drops Nov. 13. His first single, "What Do You Mean," has already hit the top of the charts in 89 countries, Fallon said. (And there might be a secret message for Selena Gomez in the video.)