Justin Bieber’s “Nothing Like Us” Lyrics Breakdown: It’s Too Early to Apologize

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Posted by on 01/29/2013 at 11:36 AM Lyrics

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"Nothing Like Us" is finally here, the long-awaited Justin Bieber song (off his Believe Acoustic, released today, and written solo by Bieber) addressing his breakup with pop star ex Selena Gomez. But if you're expecting an apology song, you don't know Bieb. "Nothing" expresses remorse about the relationship's dissolution, but Bieber's not taking the blame for it—if anything, he deflects all blame onto Selena, assuming righteousness through forgiveness. After all, it's not on-brand for Bieber to assume responsibility for ending a relationship—he's not the bad guy, your unappreciative ex-boyfriend is the bad guy. The resulting song is one of the most passive-aggressive, selfish and unlikable love songs in recent memory, and a sour note for the otherwise sweet Believe Acoustic to end on.

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