Justin Bieber has been wearing his emotions on his sleeve lately, which may be a blessing in disguise.
"It's an emotional time in my life for sure," Bieber told Z100 host and ET special correspondent Elvis Duran. "I've been having a lot of cries lately -- good cries, bad cries, just all around being emotional."
It all started with the MTV Video Music Awards in August, when Bieber broke down on-stage immediately following his performance of "Where Are U Now?" More recently, the Biebs burst into tears while singing "I'll Show You" at one of his album launch celebration concerts at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, where he admitted, "I just felt like I lost my place for a while."
If Bieber is more in touch with emotions now than when he was a teenager, it's certainly shown in his music. His new album Purpose, out now, is his most personal yet.
"I just said, 'What am I going through? What am I feeling?' and basically just poured my heart out into this album and made something real," Bieber said.
The 21-year-old pop star has commented on his past relationships and run-ins with the law through his lyrics, with revealing songs such as "Life Is Worth Living," where he sings, "What I'd give for my affection / Is a different perception / From what the world may see / They try to crucify me / I ain't perfect, won't deny / My reputation's on the line / So I'm working on a better me."
On his journey to becoming a better version of himself, Bieber offered an apology to UFC great Ronda Rousey, who claimed he was rude to her little sister at the Cannes Film Festival.
"Supposedly she asked for a picture with her sister and I guess I said no," Bieber said. "I don't remember this happening but, Ronda, I'm sorry. Don't kick my ass."