Justin Bieber may be the prince of pop, but it seems his words are now gospel. In one of the best ideas to ever leap out of the mixed bag that is the media, Vanity Fair have turned Bieber’s Love Yourself into a dramatic reading. Spoken by the voice of God himself, Morgan Freeman, the actor graces Bieber’s words with his own interpretation.
Lending his mellifluous tones to the verses, Freeman’s reading doesn’t even miss the musical backing it dispenses with. Having much the same effect as when David Attenborough wants to tell me all about the fascinating habits of tree frogs or humpback whales, I could happily drift away to Freeman’s adjuration to go “love yourself”.
Spoken out loud with the addition of Freeman’s years of experience and wisdom, Bieber’s youthful angst takes on the character of an ageless problem. No matter if you’re 22 or 78, judging by the wry understanding in Freeman’s grandfatherly eyes – love is never simple. And bitches still be crazy.
For all the times that you rain on my parade
And all the clubs you get in using my name
You think you broke my heart, oh, girl for goodness’ sake
You think I’m crying on my own. Well, I ain’t
And I didn’t wanna write a song
‘Cause I didn’t want anyone thinking I still care. I don’t,
But you still hit my phone up
And, baby, I be movin’ on
And I think you should be somethin’ I don’t wanna hold back,
Maybe you should know that
My mama don’t like you and she likes everyone
And I never like to admit that I was wrong
And I’ve been so caught up in my job,
Didn’t see what’s going on
But now I know,
I’m better sleeping on my own
‘Cause if you like the way you look that much
Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself
And if you think that I’m still holdin’ on to somethin’
You should go and love yourself
Watch other videos in the series of dramatic readings from Vanity Fair on Youtube.