New music from Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran may be on the way
After Bieber, 25, tweeted “big fan” to Sheeran, 28, on April 25, both singers started sharing mysterious photos to their social media accounts on Tuesday with the number “10” written in their captions. Bieber shared two side-by-side photos on his Instagram and Twitter pages that depict him and Sheeran standing separately in front of a green screen while doing the same pose of looking over their shoulder at the camera with a smirk.
Sheeran, on the other hand, combined the two photos for an Instagram post with the perfectly descriptive caption, “10. Photoshop spoon.”
Bieber’s wife, Hailey Baldwin, had posted the same photo of her husband to her Instagram two weeks earlier with the caption, “You are an incredible man, you make me a better human being, you make me happier than I’ve ever been. Insanely proud of who you are and who you’re becoming.. I love you more every single day.”
Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Sheeran’s manager, Stuart Camp, also both shared their own version of the same photos to their Twitter on Tuesday with the caption, “10.”
Then on Friday, Bieber and Sheeran posted the same poll to their Instagram stories asking their followers, “Do you want new music?” The three answer options given were, “Yes,” “No,” and “Idc [I don’t care].”
Along with the Instagram story, Bieber also wrote “7???” on Twitter on Friday.
And on Saturday, he tweeted, “6.”
The hints continued Monday morning, with Bieber posting a video of Sheeran sharing a clip of a song. The close-up version, posted to his Instagram page, revealed what seems to be the song’s title. Soon after, Sheeran posted a few of the lyrics to his own page.
If the posts are serving as a countdown to new music as fans speculate, all signs would point to whatever it is that they are working on being released on Friday, May 10.
The mysterious hints have stirred plenty of fan theories floating around on social media, including one that the option of “Idc” in Bieber and Sheeran’s Instagram polls could be representative of the title of their new song being “I Don’t Care.” Bieber appeared to lend credence to that theory Monday with his Instagram post.
One fan even shared a video of Sheeran singing a remix of “Love Yourself” live including lyrics to what appears to be a new song: “Cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby/all the bad things disappear/You’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody/I can deal with the bad nights when I’m with my baby.”
Some fans have taken the colorful shirts that Bieber and Sheeran wear in the photos to be a hint that the music they might be releasing will have a summer vibe, while others joke that they could be coming out with a line of Hawaiian t-shirts instead.
Mostly, fans just seem to be excited about the possibility of new music from the talented duo.
“It was a big deal for Justin,” a friend of the singer’s previously told PEOPLE. “He hasn’t performed in a long time. He was very excited though and felt even better after. He loved reconnecting with his fans.”
The Bieber pal went on say that although the singer has been candid about his mental health struggles lately, he’s “slowly getting back to feeling normal.”
“He is feeling much better mentally and more like himself. It seems like he is slowly getting back to feeling normal,” the friend said. “He and Hailey had an amazing weekend in Palm Springs.”
When Bieber and Grande — who are both on Lil Dicky’s new single “Earth” — came out on stage during Coachella, Grande said, “We thought it might be fun to do something for you guys.”
While performing “Sorry,” Bieber told the crowd, “I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here [and] I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight. So anyways, this is my first time on stage in two years. I had to get my groove back, my swag back.”
“By the way,” he added. “Album coming soon.”
Sheeran’s latest album, Divide, was released in 2017.