Justin Bieber explains what was happening in those crying paparazzi photos

Justin Bieber has finally explained what was going on in a viral series of 2018 paparazzi photos that show him crying in New York City.

The pop star revealed in new episode of his YouTube Originals docuseries, “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” posted on Monday, that the pictures captured him when he was feeling “overwhelmed.”

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Justin Bieber arriving at Tape nightclub in Mayfair, London, ahead of a playback of his album Changes. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Justin Bieber performs during New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Justin Bieber attends the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Justin Bieber's Believe' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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RADIO DISNEY - DECEMBER 14, 2009 - Radio Disney's Next Big Thing winner Jasmine Sagginario and Hollywood Records' Allstar Weekend open for worldwide sensation Justin Bieber at a concert hosted by Radio Disney AM 1110 Los Angeles at Citadel Outlets. (Photo by Rick Rowell/Disney Channel via Getty Images) JUSTIN BIEBER
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 31: Justin Bieber performs poolside at Fontainebleau Miami Beachs New Years Eve Celebration at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on December 31, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Miami Beach)
LOS CABOS, MEXICO - OCTOBER 13: Justin Bieber holds two drinks on October 13, 2017 in Los Cabos, Mexico. (Photo by Humberto Servin/Clasos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Justin Bieber attends 2017 Aces Charity Celebrity Basketball Game at Madison Square Garden on August 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 24: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber take in the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Scotiabank Arena on November 24, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 18: Justin Bieber seen out and about on September 18, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seen out and about on September 17, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Justin Bieber attends the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Viral internet sensation Mason Ramsey aka The Walmart Yodeling Boy, (L) and Recording Artist Justin Bieber pose for a selfie backstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Justin Bieber appears onstage at MTV’s “Fresh Out Live” on February 07, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for MTV)

“I’m being a normal person, and crying,” said Bieber, 25, who has been a celebrity more than half his life, in the ninth installment of his docuseries.

The paparazzi photos show Bieber is sitting alongside his now-wife, Hailey Baldwin, with his face in his hands crying. 

Fans who saw the pictures questioned Bieber’s welfare and wondered if he and Baldwin were on the rocks.

“When I’m in the media and I look at things on the internet and people are like, ‘Justin’s upset, why is he upset?’ It’s like, they don’t give me permission to be upset,” he explained. “I don’t have permission to be, you know, human and shed tears.” 

He added:

There’s so many people every day who are in a conversation with their girl or their wife or their mom and they break down, you know? But they don’t have cameras capturing it. So people are like, ‘Is he okay, is he having a mental breakdown?’ And I’m just emotional. And that’s okay.

Bieber said he was really “struggling” on the day the photos were taken.

“I remember feeling emotionally, just overwhelmed and talking to her, not knowing how to communicate certain things and just feeling kind of frustrated,” he said. “You know, there’s been a lot of things that have happened in my life and I think this was a point in my life where I was just so overwhelmed.

Baldwin ― now Hailey Bieber also spoke about her husband’s emotions.

“There’s always going to be good days and bad days, if you work a 9 to 5 job or if you’re Justin,” she said. “It doesn’t really matter who you are, everybody’s going to have days where they feel crappy and they don’t feel like pushing through that day but it’s part of life.”

Bieber revealed earlier this year on Instagram that he had been diagnosed with Lyme disease and pushed back on speculation that he’d been on drugs. He also explained that he also had infectious mononucleosis, which he said affected his brain and overall health.

The singer just released his fifth studio album, “Changes,” and has been steadily dropping weekly music videos

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