Justin Bieber let the tears pour out of him at the VMAs in a sweet, sweet attention-grabbing release.

Justin Bieber let the tears pour out of him at the VMAs in a sweet, sweet attention-grabbing release.
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Bieber, why do you cry?

Biebs took the VMA stage to perform a new song with a lot of beeping sounds and nail some jumping choreography. Then, mid-performance, he broke out into a heartfelt spoken word session:

Life is a journey, sometimes a battle, full of the unexpected. Sometimes we focus on the destination and forget to focus on that journey. But when you fall, it allows you to get up stronger. It allows you not to lean on your own understanding, give in to faith, believe in something bigger than yourself. You find your own purpose. 

That was followed by a lot of surprised, visceral laughing, from people watching their TVs everywhere.

And then Justin Bieber got into a tube of light and flew into the VMA sky:

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Clap if you beliebe you can see what’s happened in this screenshot.

When the song was over, he was so something that he cried. Happy? Sad? Nostalgic? Overwhelmed? Jealous? Proud? Scared? Having an anxiety attack?

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The first stage of Bieber Grief: hands.
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The second stage of Bieber Grief: mic in eye.
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The third stage of Bieber Grief: crouching.

The motivation for the tears is unknown, but we can be sure that he was full out sobbing, and that it's not enough to make everyone forget that bratty deposition.

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