Here, Marshmello links up with Halsey to explore trust issues in a relationship.
Halsey's lover has emotional issues and is afraid to be vulnerable. Instead of opening to her, he's "choking" on his fears, telling lies and acting aggressively. Halsey assures her man that she truly cares for him and if he would unburden himself, she will remain by his side. This is because she believes it's his bruised ego making him react the way he is and he doesn't "have a bad bone" in his body. Rather than fighting when things become tough, she urges her beau to "be kind."
During the bridge, Halsey talks about how her love for her emotionally stunted man is weighing her down.
I know it's hard for you, but it's not fair Going sick in the head, tryna get you there
Halsey's support for a toxic lover leading her into a destructive place is a theme she's touched on in several previous songs, including "Without Me" (2018).
Just runnin' from the demons in your mind Then I took yours and made 'em mine
Marshmello and Halsey released the song on May 1, 2020, when many were struggling amid the coronavirus lockdown. Halsey described the song's vibe as, "cute optimistic heartfelt dance summery '80s," adding she and Mello thought the track possesses the kinds of vibes people could use right now.
Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the colorful video finds Halsey traveling through three different worlds while Marshmello makes various cameos throughout. According to a press release, Halsey learnt the choreography through FaceTime because it was shot during the coronavirus lockdown.
The song appears on both the deluxe version of Halsey's third studio album, Manic, and on her EP Collabs.
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