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Justin Bieber's 'Lonely' shows the dark side of childhood stardom

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Justin Bieber's new music video for "Lonely" was released at midnight on Friday. As of Saturday, it's already racked up over 8 million views.

Justin Bieber shows the dark side of childhood stardom in the new music video for "Lonely. " The video was released at midnight on Friday.

A 14-year-old Jacob Tremblay, who plays Bieber, dons the signature purple hoodie and side swept bangs of Bieber's "My World" era.

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.

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.

Shortly after "Lonely" was released, Bieber tweeted about his experience making the song.

"To be honest the song is hard for me to listen to considering how tough it was to get through some of these chapters," Bieber writes.

"Lonely" is the second single off of Bieber's recently released album "Changes. "

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