Bieber initially took the stage performing his hit song with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are You Now,” but transitioned into his new single. Watch the video below:
Justin's speech was honestly beautiful. He's been through so much but he's so strong I can't explain how proud I am http://t.co/WmZAj9aAf2
— jb (@biebersfan) August 31, 2015
The 21-year-old pop star appeared to be crying after the performance, which also involved wires that allowed him to "fly." Others say that Bieber was simply trying to catch his breath after the number. Although the "crying" vs. "out of breath" is up for debate, Twitter users were able to capture his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez's reaction:
Selena's reaction to Justin Bieber crying onstage pic.twitter.com/eUdsoUkpu9
— Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade) August 31, 2015
Bieber previously revealed that the full music video for "What Do You Mean?" will drop following Sunday night following the VMAs.