Is Justin Bieber's "Sorry" About Selena Gomez? The Lyrics Might Give You A Hint
Truth be told, whenever Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez releases a song with lyrics that even vaguely refer to a relationship, fans are going to assume that the track is about Jelena. So when Bieber dropped the latest track off of his upcoming album Purpose on Wednesday, the "Is 'Sorry' about Selena Gomez?" speculation immediately started rolling in — you know, peppered in between all of the praise and the fact that this jam is the best thing Bieber has released since that acoustic "Home to Mama" duet with Cody Simpson, if you really want my opinion.
To be fair, Bieber and Gomez — who literally recorded a Jelena duet together — have only fanned that fire themselves, with Gomez's release of "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and the not-so-subtle dropping of Gomez's name throughout two of Bieber's recent music videos. And though I can't say for sure whether Bieber's latest track is about his famous ex — the vagueness of the lyrics is kind of like a shield — I can so see how it's interpreted as such.
First of all, the entire track is about a difficult relationship where the singer asks for a second chances and wants to apologize and get back together with his lost love. Unfortunately for all the Jelena shippers out there, as Ryan Tedder once put it, "It's too late to apologize. IT'S TOO LATE." But that doesn't mean he can't write about it...
"You gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty/ You know I try but I don't do too well with apologies"
Since the lyrics are so vague, if people were looking to see if this track was about Gomez, it's easy to see how this could be interpreted as a reference to her — she probably did get mad at him for something once. Of course, judging by "The Heart Wants What It Wants" video and Gomez's emotional monologue, presumably about Bieber, it seems like she was more upset than anything.
"I know you know that I made those mistakes maybe once or twice/ And by once or twice I mean maybe a couple of hundred times"
Probably the best lyric of the entire song, the Biebs owns up to all of those past mistakes. And yep, in 2014 there were a lot.
"Is it too late now to say sorry?/ 'Cause I'm missing more than just your body"
The "body" reference is weird and off-putting, but I guess what he's saying here is that he's missing someone as a person and not just because they're a stunning human. It could refer to Gomez, but since the two were always more than "friends with benefits," not so sure this one fits their relationship.
"Is it too late now to say sorry?/ Yeah, I know that I let you down/ Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?"
Gomez revealed to the world just how heartbroken she was over the Biebs' behavior when she dropped her "The Heart Wants What It Wants" music video, letting everyone know that Bieber did let her down.
"I'll take every piece of the blame if you want to me to/ But you know that there is no innocent one in this game for two"
Perhaps a telling reminder that it wasn't just Bieber who hurt Gomez?
"I'll go and go and then you go and go and spill the truth/ Can we both say the words and forget this?"
If "Sorry" is, in fact, about Gomez, then I interpreted this line as each of them talking to the media about their relationship and then choosing to apologize to each other and move on.
When it comes down to it, yeah, the lyrics could be about Gomez, but they could also be about pretty much any relationship ever. One thing's for sure, fans will continue to try to find meaning in both singers' song, even if there isn't any there.
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