Ciara is back and better than ever.
In her new single “I Bet,” the singer lays her emotions on the table, singing about navigating a broken relationship.
“I bet you start loving me / As soon as I start loving someone else / Somebody better than you / I bet you start needing me / As soon as you see me with someone else / Somebody other than you,” she sings on the hook.
“As a songwriter, I always pull from my life experiences as well as the experiences shared by others,” the singer told PEOPLE. (She demurred to say whether the Harmony Samuels-produced tune is specifically about her split with Future, the father of her baby boy.) “It is important to me that my music feels real.”
Since releasing her self-titled album Ciara nearly two years ago, life has changed drastically for the new mom, 29, who gave birth to son Future Zahir Wilburn in May last year.
“As soon as I had my son, everything changed,” she says about choosing to name her upcoming album #Jackie after her mother. “I am now experiencing what [my mother] must have when I was young. [Becoming a mom] has inspired my creative process and given me clarity both with songwriting as well as musicality for the album.”
Having baby Future is “the best thing that has happened to me,” adds the singer, who often posts adorable photos of her little boy on Instagram.
“I play music for him all the time anything from nursery rhymes to my music,” she says. “One of the greatest joys is when I’m singing to him. No matter what he’s doing, he literally stops everything and smiles.”
The singer’s also been showing off her toned post-baby body, but advises new moms to not “overthink the process.”
“Enjoy the six-week period you have where you are not allowed to workout,” she says. “As soon as you hit that mark, go hard, but find your pace, have a healthy diet plan and drink tons of water.”
Watch an exclusive video of the acoustic version of “I Bet” above, and get the single on iTunes.