Justin Bieber was flanked by his loyal fans during a guest appearance on NBC’s “Today” show in New York City on Wednesday, where he performed songs from his new album “Purpose.” The Canadian singer also talked about his past misdemeanours and about the recent attacks in Paris.

Before performing for his screaming fans, Bieber was asked to comment on the death of his friend Thomas Ayad, who was among the victims in the tragic Bataclan Theatre shooting on Nov. 13. The pop star shared how his friend’s death was “really hard” on him.

“We'd been working together for probably like four, five years. It's just a sad thing,” Bieber tells “Today” show host Matt Lauer in the interview video below.

In the same interview with Today, Bieber was also quizzed about his new album “Purpose” and how it reflects his life. When asked what the music in the album could potentially tell about what he’s been through in the past, Bieber said that his album mostly talks about how he has grown up and moved forward from his past misdemeanours.

"It just reflects where I am right now. It's been a long journey, but I think I'm in the best place I've ever been,” he tells Lauer during his interview.

Bieber also reflected on his past controversial antics. The 21-year-old admitted that he struggled in the past because he “grew up in the spotlight.” However, he assured that he is unlikely to commit the same mistakes again.

Following his interview, Bieber performed for the waiting crowd and sang an acoustic version of “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry.” He also sang “No Pressure” with rapper Big Sean and brought rising star Halsey on the stage for a steamy duet of “The Feeling.”

Prior to his the “Today” show appearance, Bieber took to his Instagram to thank his devoted fans who camped out overnight on the streets of New York City just to watch him perform. He shared a photo showing people covered up in thick blankets and sleeping on the sidewalk and captioned it with, “On my way. Love the dedication. Thank u. See you soon @todayshow . #biebertoday.”

Source: YouTube/ TODAY

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