“Saturday Night Live”
Justin Bieber kept things simple on “Saturday Night Live” and his fans loved it.
Bieber appeared on the long-running comedy sketch show for the fourth time opposite host Issa Rae and presented a raw, cut-off version of his song “Lonely” about the isolation of his childhood fame.
The pop singer, 26, skipped the traditional stage set-up for his performance and chose to start in a dressing room behind the scenes and look at his reflection in a mirror before wandering through the quiet, dimly lit halls of “SNL”.
Bieber released a music video for “Lonely” on Friday starring 14-year-old “Room” actor Jacob Tremblay as a young Bieber, tackling the singer’s feelings of growing up in the spotlight.
“Maybe when I’m older it’s going to be quiet, but it’s killing me now / What if you had it all but no one to call, maybe you would know me / Because I’ve had everything but no one listens and it’s just oh so lonely, “Bieber sings. “Everyone knows my past now as if my house was always made of glass / Maybe it’s the price you pay for the money and fame at an early age.”
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Fans on social media praised Bieber’s stripped-down performance: “No auto-tune, no backing vocals, no overwhelming instrumentals just raw emotions and vocals,” wrote @festlvebieber.
After a stormy couple of years of becoming famous (he was just 13 when talent manager Scooter Braun discovered him on YouTube), Bieber has settled down recently: He is now married to Hailey Baldwin and has been honest with the world about the struggles with mental health and drug abuse he faced as a young man.
“I don’t usually listen (to) Justin Bieber, but tonight the song #Lonely was raw, so glad I did not change channel, he was really trying to get the listener to see it from his POV,” @r_kendall added.
“So proud tonight,” tweeted his manager Braun.
Earlier that evening, Bieber also performed his new song “Holy” with Chance the Rapper, who is on the track. The song, which Bieber sang under a neon cross, refers to Christianity, which apparently nods to the singer and his wife’s relationship and common faith.
“That the way you hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me / Feels so holy, holy, holy, holy, holy / On God, runs to the altar like a track star / Can’t wait for another secondly, “Bieber sang.
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