IU Reveals That She Wrote “Celebrity” Based On A Close Friend Who Was Scrutinized For Being Different From Everyone Else
IU‘s fresh release, “Celebrity” was just dropped on January 27, 2021. The easy, soothing melody and sweet vocals captured fans yet again, but the real show-stopper was the meaningful lyrics.
IU introduced the album’s title track to fans as well, talking about the inspiration behind “Celebrity”. The track was inspired by a friend of hers. Although unnamed, IU revealed that the friend often drew attention for her eclectic clothing choice and tastes, varied talents and shy nature. However, others treated her as an odd person for it.
IU loved her friend even more for all these “oddities” as it made her more so herself, but the friend lived under scrutiny and hate. She wrote the lyrics based on what she wanted to tell the friend, and it blossomed soon, into a fully-fledged song.
The song is one that IU feels will relate to many, as people will eventually come to a point where have experienced being the odd one out, at least once in their lives. IU wanted to convey to these people that have been born this way, that they are not “someone who comes from the stars” (often used to describe odd people) but “are a star themselves”.
Take a listen to the song below.