Growing up in Canada, the Biebs was a phenom. In 2008, Justin launched his debut album called My World 2.0, and while the great Biebs is only a year younger than I am, I always felt as though he fandom was geared to a younger demographic. While “Baby” from his album My World 2.0 galvanized Justin’s identity as a teen heart-throb, I always found his original work to be endearing more than anything else.
And then, Justin started to go through some growing pains. First, he thought meeting the Prime Minister of Canada in overalls was a solid decision.
Then, Bieber went through an even rougher patch. He was charged with assault and careless driving. A litany of other drama ensued throughout and afterwards.
Yet, through it all I couldn’t help but feel bad for Justin. He was a young boy thrust into the spotlight. Since the age of 14, he has been scrutinized for his every move. Cameras have been thrust in his face, he’s been on tour, and has had to grow up in the limelight. I know that none of this is an excuse for his behavior, but fame can be isolating and challenging for someone so young. Think back to all of the mistakes you’ve made from the ages of 14-21. We’ve all got some things we’ve done that we might not be proud of had they been aired on the 6 o’clock news.
It came to my surprise when Justin released his last single “Where Are Ü Now”. For all intents and purposes, it seemed like he’d grown up. In an interview with Men’s Health, Justin admitted that he had a big year figuring things out, acknowledging his transgressions. He even dropped an acoustic version of “What Do You Mean?”, accompanied by the following tweet:
AND THEN “SORRY” CAME OUT AND I JUST CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO IT…or watching it for that matter!
There is not a trace of Bieber other than his name in the opening shot. The video is a dance only video, featuring a pack of fierce woman dancing their hearts out and just all around SLAYING.
In any case, WHOEVER and WHATEVER the song is about, it doesn’t really matter to me, because the beats are catchy and the dance video is on FYAH.
Featured Image via screengrab from Justin Bieber – Sorry (Dance Video).
I LOVED Justin Bieber back in the day. I remember watching his YouTube videos of his soccer skills and his bathroom acoustics with awe.Then I went through a phase of hate. He had turned into one of those artists that think they run the world, not okay. But he’s back to being an artist and not just a crazy personality. Fell back in love with him when “What Do You Mean” was released and even more with “Sorry”. Thankful for his turn around.
This turnaround is AMAZING ! I was honestly shocked by how much I love the album, but it’s refreshing honest and real 🙂
So happy he’s making a comeback! Can’t stop listening to sorry either
Lmao. This is about 4+ years ago and I still don’t actually like it although it got stuck in my head at that time just like other new popular songs. Anyway, I’m not a fan of Justin, but I believe that he also needs respect just like all of us.