In her twangy take on “Seventeen,” Ballerini reserves Sivan's deeply vulnerable, perhaps controversial storytelling without watering it down. The “I Hate Love Songs” singer has a knack for adding a down-home flair to a parade of pop hits, previously covering tracks like Taylor Swift's "Delicate," and the Khalid and Halsey-featuring Benny Blanco production "Eastside."
Leading up to the release of Bloom, Sivan had expressed concerns over how “Seventeen" -- which chronicles an underage exploration into the world of queer hook-up culture -- would be received by the public.
“I’m worried because I don’t want to ever come across that I’m condoning that or anything like it,” he told Billboard in June. “But I felt, greater than all of those worries, a responsibility to tell that true story -- of the curious gay kid who puts himself in some kind of shady situation to find a connection, like all of us crave.”
From the looks of it, Sivan has found that connection.
Watch Ballerini's rendition of "Seventeen" below: