Justin Bieber Issues Apology Video to Fans Following Surprise ‘Ellen’ Appearance: ‘I’m Not Who I Was Pretending to Be’

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While some of us were dreaming the night away, Justin Bieber recorded a video message for his dearest Beliebers. In just under two minutes, the 20-year-old entertainer got real. Like, super real.

“I just wanted to make a video because I wanted to express how I feel right now,” Bieber said, hours after making a surprise visit to Ellen DeGeneres’ birthday-themed talk show.

“Today I was on Ellen and it was a lot of fun, she’s amazing . . . Happy Birthday, Ellen,” he continued. “I was really nervous and I think I was nervous because I was just afraid of what people are thinking about me right now. 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, year and a half.”

Bieber, who also addressed his nervousness on the talk show, told his fans he’s no longer pretending these days.

“Why I say ‘pretending’ is often — we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover up of what we’re truly feeling inside, and there was a lot of feelings going on in there. Just being young and growing up in this business is hard,” according to the “Baby” singer. “Growing up in general is hard.”

Pretty deep stuff, right?

The message, released on Fahlo and Facebook, comes just over one year after Bieber’s arrest in Miami Beach, Fla. for a DUI and driving with an expired license. The young star was later charged with one count of misdemeanor in July 2014 for throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in Calabasas, Calif. and arrested again in his home province of Ontario in September 2014 for assault and dangerous driving.

Bieber, who will appear on Comedy Central this spring for a good ‘ol Roast, turns the big 2-1 on Mar. 1.