"It's been a minute since I've been in a public appearance and I didn't want to come off arrogant or conceited – or basically how I've been acting the past year or a year and a half," the star said, being surprisingly candid. "I'm not who I was pretending to be. And where I say pretending – often we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover-up of what we’re truly feeling inside."
"Just being young and growing up in this business is hard," Bieber added, addressing his early fame. "Growing up in general is hard."
"I really wanted people to know how much I care. How much I care about people. And how I'm not that person to say that 'I don't give a f*ck,'" Bieber shared. "I'm a person that genuinely cares. And although what's happened in the past has happened, I just want to make the best impression on people and be kind and loving and gentle and soft."
Bieber echoed these sentiments on Thursday's Ellen. "I think it's just cool to be able to laugh at yourself so. I've done some things that might not of been the greatest,” he told the host, surprising her during her birthday episode. "I just want to be able to kind of just kind own up to some of the things."