The pop star says he wants to be "kind and loving and gentle and soft" and move on from his mistakes

By Tim Nudd
Updated January 29, 2015 11:05 AM
Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Is Justin Bieber looking to turn over a new leaf?

The pop star, who’s had all sorts of troubles over the past couple of years, posted an emotional video to Facebook late Wednesday night in which he says he wants to be “kind and loving and gentle and soft” and move on from his mistakes of recent years. You can watch it below.

The reckoning came after a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier in the day on Wednesday, when Bieber, 20, made a surprise appearance – and admitted to being nervous in front of the audience.

“I’ve done some things that might not have been the greatest,” he told DeGeneres about his escapades in recent years. “I just want to be able to, you know, just kind of own up to some of the things.” Watch his appearance above.

In the Facebook video, Bieber elaborates on his nervous feelings from the taping, saying he hoped he didn’t come off like he was “arrogant or conceited, or basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half.”

Of his troubled times generally, he said: “I’m not who I was pretending to be. Often we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover-up of what we’re truly feeling inside. There was a lot of feelings going on in there, just being young and growing up in this business. It’s hard. Growing up in general is hard.”

Now, though, with his 21st birthday approaching, he says he wants to take more responsibility for his actions.

“I really want people to know how much I care, how much I care about people, and how I’m not that person to say ‘I don’t give a f—. You know, I’m not that kid,” he says.

“I’m a person who genuinely cares,” he also says. “And although what’s happened in the past has happened, 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.”