“I’m not who I was pretending to be:” Justin Bieber posts heartfelt video apology

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(CNN) — Justin Bieber posted a heartfelt video on social media entitled “Here we go” on Wednesday, apologizing for acting arrogant or conceited.

The 20-year-old singer admits in the almost-two-minute video that he felt awkward and like people were judging him after an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The singer surprised the the talk show host for her birthday Wednesday, but he admitted that he was reluctant to do so because of the public’s perception of him over the past year and a half.

“I’m not who I was pretending to be,” the singer states. “Why I say I was ‘pretending’ is, often we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover up of what we’re truly feeling inside.”

Bieber also talks about being young and growing up in the entertainment business, saying he wants people to know that he is a “genuine person.” He also acknowledges his troubles in his past.

As he moves forward, the singer says, he wants to “make the best impression on people” and does not mind being called a softy, because that how his mom raised him.

People on social media have responded to the singer with open arms, with the hashtags #WeDontJudgeYouJustin and #DearJustin trending.

This week, the singer released a video for his new song, “Confident” featuring Chance the Rapper, on YouTube. The video has more than 122 million views.