Justin Bieber Reveals Past Pain On Purpose Tour: ‘I Didn’t know If I Would Get Back On The Stage’

Justin Bieber is currently wowing audiences across North America as he powers through his Purpose World Tour. In addition to thrilling one little girl who joined the superstar on stage on Tuesday night, the Biebs also revealed he had once thought he wouldn’t perform again. More on that below.

During the comeback kid’s sold-out show at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, the 22-year-old invited a young girl named Mia onstage in an impromptu moment in front of a 17,000-strong crowd.

In fan-obtained video footage, the Biebs is seen talking to the little girl, who was in the pit area and asking for her name.

“Alright, nice to meet you. Wanna come up here?” Justin said shaking the child’s hand after she revealed it was Mia. He then lifted the girl up onstage.

Amid the crowd’s loud cheers, the Biebs asked her age (“nine”), then said to the audience, “Alright, so this is the next generation right here.”

Holding Mia’s arm up in the air, the Biebs told the little girl “You’re so cute,” and asked her for a “big hug.” As the two embraced, the heartthrob asked his stage guest if she was ticklish. It was a cute interlude, and just one of the ways Bieber effectively interacts with his fans.

Aptly, the episode took place just before the pop star sang “Children,” the Skrillex-produced rave-up track which appears on Bieber’s acclaimed, multi-platinum Purpose album.

Watch the adorableness between Justin and Mia in the following clips.

Just as Bieber’s Purpose album is a mix of redemption-spiritual-themed songs and pulsing dance-oriented jams, so are his shows. During his performance of the album title track in Sacramento, he alluded to his previous turbulent period and said that one point he’d been unsure he would ever return to performing.

“Honestly, I didn’t really know if I would get back on the stage or not. That’s true from the heart,” Justin admitted, while sitting onstage.

Explaining, he added, “I Just… I got to the point where I feel like I kinda lost my purpose. I feel I lost just my reason for even doing this.” Justin went on, “I Just lost all sight of what I really truly believe in.”

The singer continued, “I think we all go through those moments of not really caring… not really wanting to keep going or doing it.”

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Justin talks about fears of not going back on stage in this video.

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Last year, Bieber spoke about suffering from depression in multiple interviews, telling Billboard “I was close to letting fame destroy me.” Fast forward to his GQ cover story in February this year, the Biebs said he had recently stopped taking Adderall because he felt it heightened the anxiety he frequently feels.

Heavy lies the pop prince crown? That’s a given. With great fame comes great invasiveness. But, it’s also clear that the Biebs doesn’t wallow in the shadow side of child stardom and transition to adulthood. Followers of the biggest male star on the planet’s Instagram account knows he is a keen sportsman — hockey, basketball, amateur boxing, fishing, pool, skateboarding, tennis — are some of his favorite pastimes. No doubt, they help shake off the blues.

So far, with the exception of two ridiculous write-ups, critics have showered the Purpose World Tour with glowing reviews, raving over the dazzling music and light spectacular and Bieber’s arrival as an adult artist.

The pop icon will play the SAP Arena in San Jose, California, on Thursday, March 17. The 64-date trek will hit arenas across North America and Canada and wraps at Madison Square Garden on July 19. The European leg kicks off in September and ends in London, England, on November 29. Check out more of the visuals from Sacramento below.

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