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The term harmony as described by definition is when “music notes are played or sung with the main tune making the piece more complicated and interesting.”

That’s the musical version of the word but the term is also meant to relate an “agreement of ideas, feelings or actions or a pleasing combination of different parts.”

All of those descriptions seem to perfectly explain the pairing of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, but how did this unlikely duo first meet?

How Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber met

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

The short version is just that, a quick hookup backstage at the Z100’s Jingle Ball 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 7, 2012. Captured on video, a commentator in the background suggested the two should “so work together one day” and here we are again after they recently released the single, “I Don’t Care.”

At first glance, one might think the two young lads come together to crank out a tune about not giving a crap about much in life, but exactly the opposite is true with this song. But the lyrics suggest a deeper meaning to this chart-topping single when you consider the underlying reflections of love and appreciation contained inside the chorus which share in part:

Cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby

All the bad things disappear

And you’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody

I can deal with the bad nights

You can take me anywhere

And you’re making me feel like I’m loved by somebody

Written by Bieber, Sheeran and other collaborators, many believe it was a tribute to Ed’s wife and childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn whom he secretly married back in December of 2018.

The pair first met when the singer was just eleven-years-old and they began dating in 2015 after reconnecting. Ironically it was a meeting at Taylor Swift’s 4th of July party where the couple had their first date. As most of us already know, many of Swift’s singles are mostly fodder from her past relationships

Misunderstood and misconstrued 

As with many songs whose lyrics are sometimes misunderstood, this may be another potential example of the words being misconstrued by fans. In this case, it was Bieber who recently revealed he has been struggling with depression and anxiety that led to the cancellation of the latter part of his 2017 Purpose world tour. In an interview with Vogue, the singer shared:

“It’s been so hard for me to trust people. I’ve struggled with the feeling that people are using me or aren’t really there for me. One of the big things for me is trusting myself. I’ve made some bad decisions personally, and in relationships. Those mistakes have affected my confidence in my judgment. It’s been difficult for me to even trust Hailey.”

Justin is speaking of his bride Hailey Baldwin who he married in 2018 among criticism they were too young to wed. Even Hailey herself thought she and Bieber may have jumped the gun on their nuptials saying getting hitched “scared her” somewhat.

On the Beats1 Radio show with her friend and fellow model Kendall Jenner she confessed, “It’s definitely scary to be this young and be married, but it’s also the person that I’ve literally been in love with for so many years.”

Read between the lines

Given this information, perhaps it’s time to re-examine those lyrics as penned by Justin, Ed and their co-writers. Maybe the boys were paying tribute to their brides or perhaps Bieber was relating how his young wife is helping him better deal with his demons and inner struggles.

In the latter explanation the words to the song “I Don’t Care” could reflect a comfortable and safe feeling Bieber experiences with his bride.