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Justin Bieber capped off his performance at the Video Music Awards Sunday night by putting his head in his hands and… crying.

Bieber performed both “Where Are U Now” and his latest single, “What Do You Mean,” before the theater went dark, signaling the beginning of Bieber’s voiceover. In the spoken-word outro, the singer talks about how falling makes you stronger and calls life a “journey, sometimes a battle.”

After the pre-taped monologue wrapped, Bieber descended from the ceiling Peter Pan-style — and broke down in tears. See his emotional response (which host Miley Cyrus subsequently cut short by making jokes about his age)

Bieber’s next album is reportedly due out this November, and a source close to the project told EW, “There’s some personal stuff and some ballads. There’s some spoken-word moments with him literally talking about what he’s going through in his life. It’s all about the experience of being Justin Bieber.”

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