Justin Bieber‘s new single “Friends” is a collaboration with BloodPop that paints Bieber as the ex-boyfriend reflecting on his latest breakup. He still cares, offering up well-wishes for your mother — he’s just curious, honest! — and really, really wants to be friends. At least, as long as you don’t mention any other guys you might have seen since he left.
“Friends” is best described as a sentimental track and comes after an especially interesting last few months for the Biebs. Earlier this summer Bieber announced that he would be forgoing the last 14 dates on his Purpose World Tour, explaining in a screenshot of a message posted to his Instagram account, “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE.. I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable. So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be.”