Halsey covers Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (VIDEO).

Halsey Covered “Love Yourself,” Swapped “Love” for the Word Bieber Actually Meant

Halsey Covered “Love Yourself,” Swapped “Love” for the Word Bieber Actually Meant

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Feb. 5 2016 3:32 PM

Halsey Covered “Love Yourself,” Swapped “Love” for the Word Bieber Actually Meant

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Still taken from the video.

Don't be deceived by the seemingly sweet and affirming title of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”: the "love" has a very clear, not-so-sweet double entendre. Now Halsey, the artist who lent her vocal talents on another Purpose track, “The Feeling,” has covered the song, with a few virtuosic flourishes. Most notably, her chorus is a little more direct: She went with “Fuck yourself.”

The cover has a gentle, smoky timbre, which makes the lyric change stand out even more. Halsey's lyrics generally tend to be graphic and direct. (Sample: Her song “Strange Love” begins with a very blunt reference to sex on the bathroom sink.) And for those of us who have always thought “love yourself” sounds like a lame radio edit of what Bieber probably meant to say, this amendment was long overdue.