Justin Bieber cried happy tears at his “Purpose Tour” show in Germany last night. It’s possible he will do so again when he performs at the American Music Awards on Sunday via satellite from Zurich, Switzerland.
For a mix of reasons that don’t include his estranged ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, the pop superstar cried, and also laughed, during his penultimate song performance at his Frankfurt show on Wednesday evening.
One Bieber fan who attended the concert and subsequently tweeted about her experience said the pop prince appeared to be overwhelmed by the support of the crowd singing the words to the title track from his acclaimed album Purpose and the heart signs and posters which fans held up. He also seemed to be overheated.
Justin Bieber cried during a performance of "Purpose" in Germany: https://t.co/h7GNe7CxMH
— billboard (@billboard) November 17, 2016
There’s likely one other reason why the singer was a bundle of feelings last night. The Canadian reportedly has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Bieber previously revealed to GQ magazine that he used to take Adderall to help him concentrate. Intense amplification of emotions is one of the many effects of the neurological condition.
As seen on fan-obtained video footage, a smiling Biebs wiped tears from his eyes just seconds into singing as he sat on the stage. After gathering himself and walking to the back of the stage, the 22-year-old cried again as the audience sang along while screaming and cheering rapturously.
While a slew of media outlets have decided the singer was “sobbing” over Gomez, fans who were at the show last night clearly said Justin was reacting to the song and signs held by the fans. It has also been widely reported by reputable outlets that Bieber and Gomez are living separate lives — indeed, they last dated two years ago — and haven’t been in contact for months.
Watch the Biebs’ happy tears moment on the video below.
Bieber’s rendition of “Purpose” is an emotional peak during his concerts. The song arcs the journey of someone moving from their lowest point to being renewed by their faith in God and a realization of their purpose.
It’s no secret that the title of his tour and its signature song reflects Bieber’s own life. He’s said this numerous times onstage in spoken introductions before performing the track, while also urging fans to discover their own purpose.
The combination of the superstar’s ADHD and his passion for sharing his ongoing struggles and experience are very likely the reason behind his outbursts about screaming at some shows during the U.K. leg of his tour two weeks ago.
Justin Bieber Expresses Gratitude To UK Tour Fans: ‘I’m So Lucky To Be Able To Share This Purpose With You’ https://t.co/VSypeb8fcA
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) October 31, 2016
With that drama evidently now behind him, fans have responded enthusiastically — and, also surprisingly at times — to Bieber introducing onstage Q&A sessions during his “Purpose Tour” shows.
In addition to reacting to “Purpose” and Frankfurt audience fans singing along, some Beliebers held signs which took the words from a tweet Bieber shared two years after winning music awards. Various Bieber update Twitter accounts posted screenshots last night.
Aw! Check out Justin's reaction after seeing and reading tonight's signs for the #PurposeTour in Frankfurt! How cute! pic.twitter.com/KKJl05aDkn
— Purpose Tour Updates (@JustinTourUpdat) November 16, 2016
Can y'all believe I witnessed this live? I'm still in tears. pic.twitter.com/TWpTFXww2E
— celina (@jcurnaIs) November 16, 2016
wow im so jealous of the stans who got to see and appreciate this beautiful and amazing man pic.twitter.com/tjvoXg6b8A
— ㅤ (@iwatchedbieber) November 16, 2016
He looks so happy. pic.twitter.com/VJTmM0StSt
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@actualdrew) November 16, 2016
— ㅤ (@wastedhorizon) November 16, 2016
Time will tell whether or not the Biebs will get emotional during his upcoming American Music Awards spot. But, another question is his song choice for that performance.
“Let Me Love You,” his current collaboration with French producer DJ Snake, is a strong possibility, as the dance track has just hit No. 1 on the Mediabase Pop Radio chart and should get a fantastic bump after his live AMAs performance. Justin may also sing “Love Yourself,” his acoustic kiss-off team-up with Ed Sheeran which features on Purpose.
Bieber is nominated for five awards at the AMAs. Favorite Male Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, a nod for “Love Yourself” as best song of the year in the pop and rock category, “Sorry” for music video of the year, and Purpose as album of the year in the pop-rock field.
The heartthrob is a 15-time AMAs nominee and an eight-time winner and is competing with some of the biggest names in the music business in each of his noms.
Other previously announced performers include Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, Maroon 5 Kendrick Lamar, James Bay, Fifth Harmony, Green Day, John Legend, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Halsey and The Chainsmokers, Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, and the American Music Award of Merit honoree and veteran performer Sting.
Jay Pharoah and uber-model Gigi Hadid will co-host the fan-voted awards show, which will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Sunday, November 20, on ABC. Will you be tuning in to see Justin Bieber and the rest?
— AMAs (@AMAs) November 16, 2016
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