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Despite taking home a few trophies and delivering yet another incredible performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, Justin Bieber isn't doing too well after the show. On Monday, the "Sorry" singer took to Instagram to share his thoughts on "hollow" award shows in a lengthy post, which also featured a photo of sheep grazing in the grass in front of a castle. His message reads as follows:
"I don't know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don't want to knock them I'm just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I'm living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honoured to be recognised by my peers in but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it's not my strong point."
Shortly after, Justin posted a photo of himself with the words "We all get caught up in striving for the approval of others," written above it.
It appears as though Justin's Purpose tour is really starting to take a toll on him. Back in March, he canceled all of his upcoming meet-and-greets due to feeling "exhaused to the point of depression," and earlier this month, Justin announced that he would no longer be taking pictures with fans because "it has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognise me as a human."