The Jake Schreier-directed clip stars Room actor Jacob Tremblay, who portrays a young Bieber. He’s seen alone looking forlorn in a backstage room. He’s then summoned to head to the stage, but the venue appears to be empty. Over a reflective piano ballad, Bieber sings about perceptions and criticisms he faced as he was carving out a name for himself, and the feelings of isolation experienced when there wasn’t anyone to confide in who could relate.
“What if you had it all, but nobody to call?,” he sings. “Maybe then you’d know me/’Cause I’ve had everything, but no one’s listening/And that’s just fucking lonely/I’m so lonely.” As Tremblay scans the vacant room, he locks eyes on the sole audience member: Justin Bieber.
Before its release, the pop star shared a snippet of the song via Snapchat’s new music feature, Sounds. The track follows the release of his single, “Holy” with Chance the Rapper, which dropped last month. Earlier in the year, he appeared on Ariana Grande’s “Stuck With U”. Bieber’s first album in five years, Changes, arrived in February.