In the video, Tremblay is seen by himself in a dressing room before producer Benny Blanco, who collaborated with Bieber and producer Finneas on the track, lets Tremblay know it’s time to get on stage. Tremblay sings the song’s melancholy lyrics to a seemingly empty audience before it’s revealed in the last 10 seconds that the real Bieber has been listening.
“And maybe that’s the price you pay / for the money and the fame at an early age/ And everybody saw me sick/ And it felt like no one gave a s*** / They criticized the things I did as an idiot kid,” Bieber sings.
The lyrics and video have a much more somber tone than the music video for rapper DJ Khaled and Drake’s “Popstar,” released last month. In that video, Bieber struts around a house party at a mansion, and lip synchs lyrics about promiscuity, alcohol use and the decadence of fame. But in “Lonely,” Bieber doesn’t lionize fame — instead, the song paints a much more realistic image of what it means to be world famous as a teenager.
“I was 18, with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted,” Bieber writes. “This is a very scary concept for anyone.”
Shortly after “Lonely” was released, Bieber tweeted about his experience making the song.
“Lonely” is the second single off of Bieber’s recently released album “Changes.”