Since its release, lead single "What Do You Mean?" has sparked a conversation about consent, with some wondering whether he'd created an innocent or problematic anthem. But a deeper listening to Purpose makes a case for the former, as Biebs is paying more attention to his lady's feelings rather than telling her, "If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go," like he did in the past.
On second single "Sorry" he croons, "Not just trying to get you back on me / 'Cause I'm missing more than just your body." Plus, on the Big Sean-featuring "No Pressure" he sings, "You don't gotta answer none of my calls / I'm believing you'll pick up one day... You ain't gotta make your mind up right now / Right now, don't rush, no pressure."