In the video, Tremblay sees himself in a dressing room before producer Benny Blanco, who collaborated with Bieber and producer Finneas on the track, informs Tremblay that it is time to take the stage. Tremblay sings the melancholy 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 this is the price you pay / for money and fame at a young age / And everyone saw me sick / And I felt like no one gave as *** / They judged the things I did as a stupid kid,” Bieber sings .
The lyrics and video have a much darker tone than the music video for rapper DJ Khaled and Drake’s “Popstar” released last month. In this video, Bieber starts a party at home in a mansion and merges the lyrics with his lips about the disagreement, alcohol use and the decline of fame. But in “Lonely”, Bieber does not melt the fame – instead, the song paints a much more realistic picture of what it means to be world famous as a teenager.
“I was 18 years old, without real-world skills, with millions of dollars and access to everything I wanted,” Bieber writes. “This is a very scary idea for everyone.”
Shortly after the release of “Lonely”, Bieber wrote on Twitter his experience in singing.
“Lonely” is the second single from Bieber ‘s recently released “Changes” album.