Plenty of people have been speaking about their participation in Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber, but the singer himself has stayed pretty mum. That changed on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Bieber sat down to discuss Saturday night’s taping (“What a birthday present, right?”) and his closing remarks with host Ellen DeGeneres, who applauded Bieber’s speech (which Roast emcee Kevin Hart previewed for Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night).
“I was just talking about it being a new chapter for me and basically saying I’m sorry for the stuff I’ve done,” said Bieber, 21.
“I’m not searching for people’s approval,” he said to DeGeneres, “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 a lot of times we end looking like a d—–bag, and that was kind of me.”
Prompted by DeGeneres, 57, Bieber also acknowledged that some of his bad behavior stemmed from becoming famous at a young age: “I really didn’t know how to handle it, and it went to my head, and I had to let people pull me down for me to see the truth and see how much of a jerk I was being.”
Wednesday’s appearance reinforced another on-air conversation Bieber’s Jan. 29 appearance on Ellen: “And although what’s happened in the past has happened,” he said in an Instagram video after, “I just want to make the best impression on people, and be kind and loving and gentle and soft. And although people can call me a softie, that’s how my mom raised me.”
The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber will air March 30.