Even Luis Fonsi admits that the lyrics to his song “Despacito” are a bit complicated, so he doesn’t blame Justin Bieber for butchering them. While videos surfaced last week of Justin Bieber in a club replacing the song’s lyrics with “blah, blah, blah” adlibs and saying “I don’t know the words so I say ‘Dorito’”, Fonsi seems to hold no hard feelings toward the singer.
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“That chorus is not easy to sing, even for fluent Spanish singers like myself,” Fonsi told Rolling Stone. “It’s got a lot of lyrics, it’s kind of tongue-twisty.”
Fonsi also explained to Rolling Stone how Bieber ended up on the track. Bieber first heard the song in a club while on tour in South America and immediately reached out to see if he could add a verse. “He saw how people reacted, and right away he was like, ‘I want to be a part of this movement,’” Fonsi said.
Bieber also, according to Fonsi, was the one that initiated that he would sing the song’s chorus in Spanish – making this his first attempt at singing a song in Spanish. “It’s big for Latin music that a global star like Justin Bieber takes the time to do the song, to do it in Spanish,” says Fonsi. “I’ve done songs in other languages, I know how hard it is.”
Hear “Despacito” below.