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Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Is About Manning Up And Admitting Your Mistakes

The song's co-writers explain the meaning behind JB's new jam.

Justin Bieber’s new single “Sorry” doesn’t officially drop until midnight EST on Thursday night (Oct. 22). But, ever the generous artist, he’s already let us hear the full version via a fun new video.

With its slick production, danceable grooves and breezy vibes, “Sorry” is an instantly classic jam… so chances are you’ve already listened to it approximately 2,943 times. Just a rough estimate there. But in case you’re dying to know more deets about the Skrillex and Blood-produced tune (which, duh, of course you are), the song’s writers have spilled some insider scoop on their inspiration behind the track.

Genius has the full lyrics to “Sorry” — verified by Bieber himself — and also nabbed annotations from Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, who co-wrote the song with Bieber.

“We were just trying to capture that moment in a relationship or a particular moment in your life where you realize you made a mistake and you’re finally ready to admit it and apologize,” Michaels said.

[Written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Justin Bieber]
― Justin Bieber – Sorry

Of course, many fans have speculated that the song is a message to Bieber’s ex Selena Gomez, with regretful, lovesick lyrics asking for a second chance and wanting to “redeem” himself. But the writers were tight-lipped about any particular influences, explaining that it’s simply about making difficult apologies.

“Truly saying sorry is never easy to do, and when you are you just hope it’s not too late,” Tranter added.

Check out the full lyrics over at Genius — if you somehow don’t already have them memorized, that is. It sure looks like Skrillex does...

Bieber drops his new album, Purpose, on Nov. 13. He's also hitting the stage at the MTV EMA this weekend in Milan -- maybe we'll get the first live performance of "Sorry"?!