It’s lonely on the high — and child stardom makes it much weaker.
So croons Justin Bieber, 26, in “Lonely,” his new music video collaboration with producer Benny Blanco, 32, launched Friday at midnight. The clip has already racked up over 2.3 million views on YouTube as of this morning.
The melancholy observes, that includes Bieber’s vocals over the minimal piano accompaniment, stars 14-year-old Jacob Tremblay as a younger Bieber, scuffling with simultaneous success and isolation.
The clip begins with a shot of Jacob alone and gazing at his reflection in an enormous dressing room, earlier than being known as to and slowly making his solution to the stage. “I’m so lonely,” Jacob mouths, together with Bieber, because the digital camera pans out to disclose a single particular person sitting and watching. The clip ends with a shot of a stone-faced grownup Bieber watching.
“And everybody saw me sick, and it felt like no one gave an s - - t, they criticized the things I did, as an idiot kid,” goes one significantly unguarded verse earlier than launching into the pre-chorus. “What if you had it all but nobody to call? Maybe then you’d know me. ‘Cause I’ve heard everything, but no one’s listening, and that’s just f - - king lonely.”
“If you’re feeling lonely or know someone who is struggling, you can find resources and more at ActiveMinds.org/Lonely,” gives the video’s caption.
On Twitter, Bieber is known as Jacob “so talented” and mentioned it was emotional expertise “to see him play me from the outside looking in.” Still, the Canadian celebrity admits, it’s tough to rewatch the video. “To be honest the song is hard for me to listen to considering how tough it was to get through some of these chapters. I believe it is powerful to express vulnerability and that’s why I believe this song is so powerful,” Bieber tweeted.
The singer has stored busy this month, dropping a collaboration with Crocs and hopping into the mattress with spouse Hailey Baldwin for the duvet of Vogue Italia.