It alone is at the top – and being a child makes it even weaker.
So croons Justin Bieber, 26, on “Lonely,” his new video collaboration with producer Benny Blanco, 32, was released on Friday midnight. The clip has racked up more than 2.3 million views on YouTube as of this morning.
The melancholy track, featuring Bieber’s voices on a slightly accompanying piano, starring 14-year-old Jacob Tremblay as a young Bieber, struggles with simultaneous success and separation.
The clip begins with a shot of Tremblay alone and staring at his reflection in a large dressing room, before being summoned and slowly onto the stage. “I was alone,”; Tremblay mouth, along with Bieber, as the camera pans out to show a single man sitting watching. The clip ends with a shot of a stone-faced Bieber, who is watching.
“And everyone saw me sick, and as if no one gave – – t, they criticized the things I did, as an idiot child,” a particularly unsupervised verse before launching the pre-chorus. “What if you have everything but no one calls? Maybe then you know me. Because I heard everything, but no one listens, and that is the only – – king alone.”
“If you feel Lonely or know someone who is struggling, you can find resources and more at ActiveMinds.org/Lonely,” the video caption offers.
On Twitter, Bieber called Tremblay “talented,” and said it was an emotional experience “to see him play me from the outside watching.” However, the Canadian superstar admits, it is difficult to rewatch the video. “To be honest the song is hard for me to listen to considering how hard it is to get past some of these chapters. I believe it is powerful to express weakness and so I believe this song is very strong, Bieber tweeted.
The singer continued busy this month, dropping off collaboration with Crocs and lying in bed with wife Hailey Baldwin for the cover of Vogue Italia.