Shawn Mendes collaborated with his mentor Justin Bieber for his newest single “Monster.”
Billboard reports that the poignant new song details the pitfalls of superstardom.
Thank you for all the love on monster ✨🖤 pic.twitter.com/MuZzT1hYk9
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) November 20, 2020
“I think I was coming off the back of a couple of big songs and definitely just so driven by my ego and just feeling like something in this feels not right,” Mendes recently told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe of the collaboration.
“And it’s always resonated with me. This song has always resonated with me and it just never found its way out. And now all of a sudden I was listening to it one day, and I just started my relationship with Justin. It just started forming properly in the last three months. And I called him and I was like, ‘Look, I have this song. It’s kind of going there.’ We go there.”
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Talking about the song on Instagram (above), Bieber and Mendes mention “tripping” “falling,” and “breaking down” in their new song. Bieber talks about decisions he wishes he’d made differently at the age of 15 and how troubles seemed to follow him from a young age.
Mendes relates to Bieber and he also uses the convo as an opportunity to look back at his own coming-of-age.
Mendes says of Bieber: “And his heart fell deep into it. And him and I, even yesterday, were on the phone for an hour and had the deepest conversation, I think, about so much. And it just felt really nice because it was a full circle moment for me, this guy who was the reason I started singing. I was nine when “One Time” came out, and I completely was allwas Elvis to me. And to come back around and to have this very human to human conversation with him and his truth to come into that song and my truth to be there, it feels like one of the most special songs I’ve ever wrote. And the more I listened to it and the deeper I get into it, this is not just about celebrities. This is the human experience.”
Watch the video below.