In “Single Soon,” Selena Gomez lays down a raw and relatable anthem of liberation, ending a relationship on her terms. With her don’t-give-a-damn attitude, Gomez shows the world she means business as she prepares to embrace the sassiness, freedom, and perks of being single.
Right from the get-go, Gomez is locked in an internal debate, considering the age-old breakup question of “how.” She juggles the options, mulling over whether to do it on the phone or leave a little note in the pocket of his coat. She’s contemplating an exit strategy – a theme any break-up veteran may recognize.
As she croons, “Maybe I’ll just disappear / I don’t wanna see a tear,” Gomez reveals a reluctance to witness the impending pain of her partner. Here, Gomez eases into the forthcoming breakup with the grace of a seasoned hitmaker, anticipating the imminent tears and potentially frayed emotions. The proclamation, “The weekend’s almost here,” gives a subtle nod to the “breakup season” phenomenon, often associated with weekends when socializing opportunities abound.
In the chorus, she triumphantly declares, “I’ll be single soon,” embracing the impending reality of her singledom. The repeating line isn’t just a catchy hook, it’s Selena mentally preparing herself for what’s to come, and celebrating the fact she’ll finally have the freedom to “date who I wanna, stay out late if I wanna.” This is the anthem of independence, breaking free from a relationship that perhaps was too confining.
There’s an unapologetic honesty when she admits, “I know I’m a little high maintenance / But I’m worth a try.” But with the cavalier dismissal in the next breath—”Might not give a reason why”—Gomez reinforces that breaking up doesn’t necessarily need justification, especially when one is attuned to their needs and wants. As if to drive home the point, she unions youthful audacity with a relationship’s expiration date in “Blame it all on feeling young,” reminding us all that mistakes and change are part of growing up.
She signs off with a cheeky, “Well, who’s next?” underscoring her readiness to move on, and perhaps a throwback to the pop culture trope of cycling through relationships in the public eye. With the audacious attitude and liberating message, “Single Soon” brings a modern, fresh spin on the breakup song trope, placing autonomy and self-empowerment center stage.