NEW YORK — It was a whirlwind three days for Justin Bieber.
After taking home artist of the year at Sunday’s VMAs and attending Monday’s Met Gala, the pop star reached new heights Tuesday as he performed on the 100-story-high outdoor deck at Manhattan’s picturesque the Edge at Hudson Yards.
Pacing a small light-up stage against the magnificent city skyline, Bieber sang a brief set including “Somebody” and “Hold On” from latest album “Justice,” released earlier this year. “Y’all, gimme a second,” he said mid-show, pausing for a few-minute rest as he sat down with his hat and sunglasses covering his face. He soon returned with a couple more songs, playing keyboard for a truncated version of his No. 1 single “Peaches” before walking off stage.
The at times uncomfortable performance capped off a big night for the visibly tired but eager-to-please Bieber, 27, who premiered his new concert documentary “Our World” (streaming on Amazon Prime Oct. 8) to an intimate crowd at the swanky venue. The singer was clearly thrilled by the film itself: He stood for much of its 95-minute run time, at times dancing along to his own songs and marching in front of the screen, but mostly just standing with his arms outstretched like Jesus Christ himself.
“Our World” captures Bieber’s New Year’s Eve concert last year at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, performing a tightly choreographed show of past and recent hits to masked fans watching from the hotel’s balconies. The film is light on revelations, primarily featuring members of Bieber’s team discussing his transformation from a troubled teen to “passionate leader” and family-focused husband to his model wife, Hailey Baldwin.
But there are some private moments between Bieber and Baldwin, 24, filmed on his smartphone. The couple chronicle their morning walks and platitude-heavy conversations, which include Bieber’s resolutions for 2021 to "set goals" and "squish out a nugget" (in other words, have a baby).
"By the end of 2021?" Baldwin responds with a laugh.
"Maybe we start trying," he says.
Video of Justin Bieber performing “Peaches” at the “Our World” premiere tonight. (September 14) pic.twitter.com/ubPksCcAVM
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After making out with Baldwin on the red carpet, the all-white-clad Bieber introduced the "Our World" screening alongside director Michael D. Ratner, who lovingly called the silky-voiced crooner his "son." The "Stay" hit-maker thanked his manager, Scooter Braun, and members of his team, as well as "my wife. I love you so much."
"My mom and dad didn't come. They had some more important things to do," Bieber said to some chuckles from the audience. "My comedic timing is off 'cause I've been in quarantine for a while, so I'm still working on my jokes up here.
"Honestly, this movie is really cool for me because I feel like it captures me actually becoming a leader," he continued. "I just learn to trust God more every single day ... knowing that regardless of the circumstance in front of us, God is in control. And I think right now with this pandemic and all of the crazy things that are happening in this world, one thing is for certain and that is we are not in control."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin say they want to have a baby in new doc