Have you ever been ghosted? Lauren Aquilina has, by her best friend, and it sucked. Fortunately, she’s managed to take that pain, put it on a page, and transform it into her utterly gorgeous new single, “Best Friend”.

It’s an introspective and brutally honest acoustic ballad about how it feels to be ignored by somebody who you thought would be in your life forever. Aquilina’s emotive vocals are paired with a sparse acoustic guitar line, mellow electronic drums, and lyrics including “You’re teaching me how hard it is to forget / someone you thought you’d know ‘til the end / nobody breaks my heart like my best friend”. The result is guaranteed to leave even the coldest of listeners feeling like they’ve been sucker-punched in the heartstrings.

“'Best Friend’ was the first song I wrote in lockdown and the song that made me realise I wanted to make an EP,” explains Lauren. “It’s a straight up sad song and one of the most truthful, matter-of-fact lyrics I’ve ever written - inspired by my best friend ghosting me at the beginning of the year.”

“I don’t think there are enough songs about friendship heartbreaks but for me it’s one of the most painful things I’ve ever gone through, so I hope people can relate and that this song helps them if they need it.”

"Best Friend" is out now. Find Lauren Aquilina on Instagram.