Justin Bieber Breaks Down in Tears During VMA Performance

8/30/2015 7:24 PM PDT

Justin Bieber--Breaks Down in Tears During VMA Performance (VIDEO)

Justin Bieber totally lost it during the VMA's, sobbing as he explained his life's journey in progress.

Bieber was singing his new song, "What Do you Mean," when he began musing abut the twists and turns of life ... clearly referring to his own rocky road over the last few years.

More therapeutic than Dr. Phil.