The world may be in awe of Justin Bieber, but it is also hard to deny that the teen pop star has felt lonely and isolated throughout his career. In his latest song and music video, "Lonely," Bieber reflects on the pain that came with his fame and shares how much he misses being able to connect with others in person.
Getting famous at a young age wasn't easy for Bieber, who had no real friends and little support when his career took off. He also lost much of his privacy because he was constantly photographed by paparazzi.
In the music video, Room actor Jacob Tremblay plays a young Bieber wearing his signature purple hoodie and side-swept bangs in the singer's My World era. He's seen in a green room, backstage, and on the stage alone, with only one audience member to witness his heartbreaking isolation.
The video is a beautiful reminder of the complexities of being a global superstar in a time when social media has made it even easier to be ostracized from those you love. It's also a call to action for people to be more open about their struggles and seek help for themselves and others who might be struggling with loneliness.
In the wake of this song and video, Bieber has become an advocate for those who struggle with isolation and loneliness, inspiring new discussions about mental health and human connection. He and his wife Hailey Baldwin are leading a cultural movement to reduce the stigma around loneliness and promote meaningful human connection.