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British singer-songwriter Fred Roberts is back with a brand new new pop tune and we’ve got plenty to say about it.

Working alongside Andrew Wells (Phoebe Bridgers, Halsey), Roberts’ new sophomore single details the artist’s first reckoning with young queer love, the world in which he found it and the impact a loss of representation can have on so many LGBTQIA+ people in the world today.

Speaking on the new track, Say, Roberts shares: “When I was younger, all I wanted was to mean something to someone. When I finally had that experience, it was taken away from me, yet I still craved that validation. Say is about the internal battle between chasing a reckless desire and choosing what you know is healthy.

“The preconceptions I had of the relationships I yearned for as a teenager were that of pain and torment. I never saw a happy queer couple represented in the media, therefore I never truly believed that I was worthy of a happy relationship.”

The artist adds: “So, when I first felt desired by a boy, I clung onto that feeling, as I feared if I were to let go, it would never happen again. Say comes from a place of retrospection; realising I spent too long heartbroken over a boy who destroyed my self-worth. But when you lose something, you think you’ll never have again, how do you let that go?”

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Alongside the new release, Roberts has released a music video that captures his coming-of-age experience with love and feelings for another person.

And if you can’t get enough of Roberts’ music, well, you’re in luck – the 20-year-old singer is kicking off his debut London live show on 14 September. You can buy tickets here.

Check out the official music video for Say below.