On Wednesday (Nov. 16), Fletcher took to her Instagram to reveal the exciting news.
“One of my good friends @kelseaballerini has helped me navigate one of the craziest years of my life – so much chaos, crying, healing and happiness all at the same time,” Fletcher wrote. ”She’s seen all the versions of me. Considering she’s also one of my favorite artists and loved track 5 so much on the record, we decided to subject my favorite written song on Girl Of My Dreams to some changes.”
“We are now releasing track 17 – “better version (feat. Kelsea Ballerini)” together this Friday. I hope you love it as much as I do, 🤍” Fletcher added.
Ballerini was quick to respond, writing, “from bitter to better, look at us go. ilysm 🤍.”
The collaboration comes after both artists went through very public breakups.
Fans took to the comments section of Fletcher’s posts to share their excitement over the collab.
“Can’t wait!! But are we emotionally prepared for this because Better Version already gets us in our feels,” one Facebook user wrote.
Another shared, “Best birthday gift I could ever ask for!!”
“Better Version” appears on Fletcher’s latest album, Girl Of My Dreams. The new version will appear on the deluxe version of the album as track 17 and will feature Ballerini.
The original track finds Fletcher reflecting on a breakup and the person her ex will become following the downfall of their relationship.
“Do you think of me when you f— her?/ Do you use the moves, the ones we learned?/ It’s always the next person/ That gets the better version,” she sings on the first chorus.
At the end of the song she finds her confidence to be the “Better Version” of herself as she sings a different rendition of the chorus, “And I think of you when I fuck her/ I use the moves, the ones we learned/ It’s always the next person/ That gets the better version.”
we’re not good at this @Kelsea Ballerini
Fletcher recently opened up about the song in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“This idea, you know, all the things you wanted to heal and work on and all the ways you wanted to get better — somebody else is going to get those new versions of each person,” she said. “That’s a concept that’s always blown my mind a little bit.”
“Better Version” was co-written by Cari Fletcher, Jeremy Dussolliet, and Timothy Sommers. It’s unclear if the new version will feature the same or different lyrics.
Fletcher and Ballerini have formed a friendship over the course of the last year and have been seen at each other concerts. They’ve also popped up on each other’s TikToks and enjoyed a recent outing at an axe throwing establishment.
for the girls gays and theys pic.twitter.com/Q620HqFfKZ
— FLETCHER (@findingfletcher) March 5, 2022
Ballerini is riding high on the success of her new album, Subject To Change. She recently took to the CMA Awards stage for the live debut of “You’re Drunk, Go Home,” her collaboration with Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson.
After finalizing her divorce from fellow country singer Morgan Evans on Tuesday (Nov. 15), the East Tennessee earned a GRAMMY nomination for her single, “Heartfirst,” native picked up the keys for her new “dream home,” and performed at the Grand Ole Opry.
Kelsea’s So Hot ❤️🔥 @Kelsea Ballerini
Meanwhile, Fletcher is in the midst of her Girl Of My Dreams Tour, which is set to wrap up this week in California.
Fletcher’s Girl Of My Dreams Deluxe Edition drops on Friday.