Justin Bieber kissed pop matriarch Madonna and played a very revealing game of "Never Have I Ever" in his now fifth appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this year, which airs Wednesday (March 18).
Not unexpectedly, the 21-year-old superstar has returned to Ellen, fresh off his reportedly riotously brutal Comedy Central roast on Saturday, and a not entirely drama-free belated 21st birthday bash in Las Vegas hours later.
After the Tuesday taping, Justin took to Twitter, writing, "@TheEllenShow good seeing you and Tish today on the show) @Madonna it was an honor. Congrats on the new album."
"Tish" is a reference to a woman he previously pranked on ABC's hidden-camera comedy show Repeat After Me, which DeGeneres executive produces.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 18, 2015
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 18, 2015
Always an audience-pleaser, Justin and Madonna's responses during "Never Have I Ever" were hilariously salty and surprising at times. The game is a regular feature on Ellen and involves the comedienne host posing usually risqué queries to guests, who then hold up signs that read "I have" or "I have not."
Without further ado. DeGeneres first asked the pair, "Never have I had phone sex." Justin turned his paddle to "I Have Never" while Madonna and Ellen's read "I have" in response.
Amid audience howls, the "Living For Love" songstress ribbed the heartthrob, telling him, "You liar. Really?" Both women seemed amazed that the former "bad boy" star has never indulged in phone sex, with both exclaiming, "Wow!"
A studio guest tweeted that Justin added "I prefer the real thing," in a theatrical whisper.
Next up, was a tamer query about using someone else's toothbrush without telling them. Madonna was the only one out of the trio who had.
"Never have I have fooled around in a bathroom during a party" resulted in all three stars admitted they had done so.
"This is the 21st century" Madonna declared to the audience in collective defense.
"Never have I ever been kicked out of a bar" elicited "I have Never" answers from all.
For some reason no-one believed Justin. Perhaps they were thinking of his infamous near-fisticuffs with Orlando Bloom in Ibiza last July? At the time, it was reported the singer was escorted out of the restaurant after the face-off. But who knows? Reports varied.
"I just turned 21," the Canadian insisted. An utterly unconvinced Ellen replied, "Be honest. Turn that thing [paddle] around Justin," while he kept on repeating, "I just turned 21. I just turned 21 though," adding "[I] Swear."
Things got even more Fifty Shades of Grey. "Never have I ever dated someone and their sibling" drew affirmative and bashful responses from all three, to roars from the audience.
"Never have I ever fooled around with someone else in the room" led to "I have" answers from Madonna and Justin and a negative from Ellen. At which point, Madge noted, "Um, all these questions are sexual. Just saying."
By far the most shocking revelation came after "Never have I ever forgotten the name of the person I was fooling around with" was posed.
Quelle surprise. Madonna and Justin both displayed "I have" answers, while Ellen's paddle read "I have not." The host told her guests, "Come on! You two are perfect for each other!"
When the game ended, Madonna enthused to Ellen "Oh, lets do more." Coyly, she added, "I feel like I'm getting to know my new boyfriend." At that, Justin moved closer to the 56-year-old icon on the sofa and hugged her.
Ellen then offered Madge the opportunity to make up her own question. The Grand Dame of pop proposed, "Never have I had sex with more than two different people in one day."
Mercifully, Madonna was the only one whose sign read "I have."
So, is there was spark of something in Madonna's eye for Justin? The veteran superstar has been in relationships with younger men before. While Justin's former girlfriend Selena Gomez is two years older than him.
Before the trio played "Never I have ever," Madonna joked (or maybe not) that 22 was the age of her youngest boyfriend. She then quipped, "We can sit here for a year and wait. We could talk to each other."
Meanwhile, Justin said "I'm down" and asked her, "So 22 is, like, the lowest you'll go?"
"Honestly, I have no limit," Madonna replied, adding "That looks 22" when a picture of his recent Men's Health cover was shown on a large screen.
For her part, Madonna --- who also performed "Living For Love" on the show, but without a cape -- posted the pic shown above to her Instagram account.
Her caption read, "Backstage kissfrom an #unapologeticb****h ❤️#rebelheart."
While on Ellen, Justin played a prank on unsuspecting audience members as they arrived at the Burbank, California studios.
"I was just talking about it being a new chapter for me and saying that I'm sorry for the stuff that I've done," Justin explained to DeGeneres.
The penitent singer insisted, "It's not like, I'm not searching for people's approval, but I just want people to know that that's not me and I was doing stuff that wasn't me."
He continued, "A lot of times we pretend so that we can fit in and then we end up looking like a d****bag and that was kind of me."
Ellen then interjected that Justin said at his roast that he became famous at the age of 12. Picking up the thread, he admitted, "I really didn't know how to handle it and it went to my head. I had to let people pull me down to see the truth and to see how much of a jerk I was being."
"Now I just want people to know that like this is me," the two-time Grammy nominee said. "I'm just a genuine person who has fun and I wasn't trying to -- I just wasn't trying to be a jerk."
Ellen noted that he was young when the success and a "whole bunch of money" exploded into his life. The Biebs agreed, "There was no way of preparing me for it, you know."
To which, Ellen told him, "That's why I love you, because you're actually a really good guy and you're trying very hard to put all that behind you."
Check out the clip of that part of the show below. Apology tour or not, it really does seem as if Justin is a young man who wants a chance to move on from the past positively.
[Images via Warner Bros.]