In the video, Tremblay is seen alone in a dressing room before producer Benny Blanco, who collaborated with Bieber and producer Finneas on the track, informed Tremblay that it was time to get on stage. Tremblay sings the sad lyrics of the song to a seemingly empty audience before it is revealed in the last 10 seconds that the real Bieber is listening.
“And maybe that’s the price you pay / for money and fame at a young age / And everyone saw me sick / And as if no one gave as *** / They criticized the things I did as an idiot kid,” Singing Bieber.
The lyrics and videos have a darker tone than the music video for rapper DJ Khaled and Drake’s “Popstar,” released last month. In that video, Bieber walks into a house celebration in a mansion, and synch lyrics about obscenity, alcohol use and decay of fame. But in “Lonely,” Bieber is not gaining popularity – instead, the song paints a more realistic image of what it means to be world famous as a teenager.
“I was 18, with no real-world skills, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted,” Bieber writes. “This is a scary concept for anyone.”
Shortly after “Lonely” was released, Bieber tweeted about his song-making experience.
“Lonely” is the second single off of Bieber’s recently released album “Changes.”