Justin Bieber apology video shows the importance of taking responsibility

Bad boy Justin Bieber is well know for his high profile antics, including reckless driving, punching the paparazzi and egging on neighbors who annoy him, to name a few. But on Wednesday, the 20-year-old pop star displayed a bit of vulnerability and showed us that, despite his fame and fortune, he's a lot more like the rest of us than we might've thought. 

Bieber recently stepped up with a heartfelt video apology (warning: this video contains profanity) in which he candidly admits that he's been pretending to be someone he's not—something we can all probably admit to having done at some point in our lives. 

The video, which was posted on Bieber's Facebook page, was spurred by his appearance on Ellen. In it, he says he was nervous on the show because he was afraid of what people are thinking about him, explaining, "I'm not who I was pretending to be. Often we pretend to be something we're not to cover up what we're truly feeling inside."

Bieber attributes the aforementioned acts of delinquency to the hardships caused by growing up as an entertainer and growing up in general. He said, "I really want people to know how much I care about people...and how I'm not that person." While most of us can't relate to having the paparazzi follow us around or accruing millions of dollars before the age of 18, what many can relate to is feeling the need to conceal their true selves. Because of this, Bieber's words will likely strike home with thousands of his fans. 

Some people create facades because they're afraid of rejection or ridicule. Others are so focused on pleasing those around them that they can't be true to who they really are. As the Bieber video shows, even those we may think of as being "above having to care" sometimes put on a false front. It also shows mustering up the courage to admit it is a better option than continuing to be someone you're not.

If you recognize yourself in Bieber's words, there are many ways to address the issue. Often, it stems from low self esteem, so working to build your self image is a solid first step. If you can't do it alone, find a therapist to help you pinpoint and address the causes. Admitting that you're not able to let the true you show is the first step to confronting the reasons why and getting comfortable with showing your inner self.