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Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Are What Quarantine Dreams Are Made of on “Stuck With U”

We get it: Quarantine is boring. And staying at home is even more of a snooze-fest when you’re not with the person you love most. Fortunately, that’s not the case on Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande‘s new song “Stuck With U,” which officially dropped today, May 8.

For those who haven’t heard it yet, the romantic track is a duet between two lovers. And although Bieber and Grande aren’t together romantically in real life, their vocal chemistry and the song’s beautiful lyrics could’ve easily convinced us otherwise. “You never let me down,” Grande sings on the first verse. “That’s why when the sun’s up, I’m staying.” Almost immediately, the “Thank U, Next” songstress paints the picture of a couple who are much more than a one night stand.

While the song doesn’t directly address the simple fact that most of us are quarantining at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, its lyrics really lend themselves to the unique situation at hand. “Got all this time on my hands,” Grande sings on the pre-chorus. “Might as well cancel our plans, yeah / I could stay here for a lifetime.”

The biggest difference between Bieber and Grande’s quarantine and yours? While you might be getting sick and tired of being at home with whoever you’re with, the pop stars simply can’t relate. And the song is taken up several notches when Bieber blends his voice with Grande’s on the second verse and proves that he’s very much on the same page.

“There’s nowhere we need to be,” they sing together, their voices melting together seamlessly. “I’ma get to know you better / Kinda hope we’re here forever.” And after crooning about how they’d want to be stuck together if the world were ending, Grande and Bieber joined forces for a powerful and evocative chorus.

“So, lock the door and throw out the key / Can’t fight this no more, It’s just you and me,” the pop stars sing passionately to each other. “And there’s nothin’ I, nothin’ I, I can do / I’m stuck with you, stuck with you, stuck with you.” And even they know that relationships aren’t perfect and that an extreme amount of time together could lead to silly fights and petty arguments. “So, go ahead and drive me insane,” they continue. “Baby, run your mouth, I still wouldn’t change / Being stuck with you.”

When it comes to romance, the track is chock-full of it. But what truly tied the swoon-worthy song together was its corresponding music video, which was full of self-filmed footage and fan-submitted videos. Want to see some couples — including Justin and Hailey — dance in the kitchen and love on each other? Look no further than “Stuck With U.”

Featured Image: Silent Records Ventures, LLC, Def Jam Recordings, and Republic Records

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