Selena Gomez released her long-awaited new single titled Lose You to Love Me midnight on Tuesday. Not only does the song mark the American popstar’s return with her first studio album in four years but it also gives the listeners an emotional insight into the past years of her life.
Fans were quick to show their love for the song and also to point out that the lyrics seemingly allude to Gomez’s long-term relationship and breakup with Justin Bieber. “This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album,” she said of her new track in a statement. “I thought it was important to share the music, as I know many can relate to the fact that the road to self-discovery generally comes through the scars in one’s life. I want people to feel hope and to know you will come out the other side stronger and a better version of yourself.”
Packed with soul-stirring lyrics, the song opens with the lines, “You promised the world and I fell for it / I put you first and you adored it / Set fires to my forest / And you let it burn / Sang off-key in my chorus / ‘Cause it wasn’t yours.” The song is being hailed as a self-love ballad as Gomez continues to sing the words, “I needed to hate you to love me,” “I needed to lose you to love me” in the heart-rending chorus. Some fans also speculate that the lines “In two months, you replaced us / Like it was easy / Made me think I deserved it,” may refer to Bieber’s relationship with his now-wife Hailey Bieber who he dated and proposed to in 2018, just months after reuniting and ending things with Gomez. Lose You to Love Me is accompanied by a black-and-white music video — shot on the new iPhone 11 and directed by Sophie Muller — and sees Gomez baring the same emotions the lyrics take the listeners through: anger, heartbreak, and ultimately a sense of freedom and content.
The song was also praised by superstar and Gomez’s best friend Taylor Swift, who took to Instagram to say, “This song is a perfect expression of healing & my absolute favorite song she’s put out yet. A triumph.” Since the song was dropped, fans on Twitter, in particular, have shared their appreciation for the song and the artist. “She’s standing up for herself, putting herself first and i couldn’t be happier. #LoseYouToLoveMe,” tweeted one fan.
— Mags | #LoseYouToLoveMe (@selmilasnature) October 23, 2019