On Sunday night time, Taylor Swift gained the prize for feminine artist of the yr on the iHeartRadio Music Awards. She wasn’t there to simply accept in particular person, which isn’t any shock — the pop megastar has been largely out of the general public view for a lot of months.
“Hey guys, I simply wished to say thanks a lot for this award,” Swift mentioned to the viewers in a pre-taped video, explaining she could not attend as a result of she’s in rehearsals for her upcoming world tour. “But in my absence and to point out my gratitude, I actually wished to point out you my model new video for my new single, ‘Delicate.’ “
“Delicate,” Swift’s fourth single from her newest album, “Reputation,” is Swift’s most direct tune about her. . .nicely, repute, which suffered over the past 18 months or so, after much-dissected feuds and relationships and folks’s frustration along with her refusal to talk out about present occasions. As Swift defined to followers at a personal occasion final fall, “Delicate” — about stressing over a brand new crush — explores the query: “What occurs whenever you meet any person that you just really need in your life and then you definitely begin worrying about what they’ve heard earlier than they met you?” (Sample lyric: “My repute’s by no means been worse, so you have to like me for me.”)
So it is becoming that the video might supply a clue as to why Swift has lately shunned the highlight. Aside from a handful of transient live performance appearances across the holidays, Swift has gone underground. She’s prevented the media and gave zero interviews to advertise “Reputation” when it dropped in November. While unnamed “sources” guarantee the tabloids that she’s doing fairly nicely along with her boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn, they’re hardly ever seen in public collectively. Her social media was crammed with photos of her BFF “squad,” however she wiped all of her accounts clear final yr and now makes use of them just for album promotion.
In that sense, the opening to the “Delicate” video is jarring as a result of it is a picture of Swift nobody has seen in awhile: She’s on the pink carpet. In the primary scene, Swift has a glazed expression as she gazes off within the distance. Then she shortly snaps out it, as reporters shove microphones at her and dozens of digicam lights flash in her face. In the chaos, a mysterious determine slips Swift a small piece of paper. This will turn into vital later.
Next, Swift walks into a elaborate resort foyer. Everyone turns and stares as she walks by, surrounded by 4 bodyguards. Swift stops and tries to take a selfie with followers, besides a crazed bellhop tries to seize her earlier than safety intervenes. Rolling her eyes, Swift walks away in the midst of her safety staff, as they shadow her each transfer.
She lastly will get some privateness in a dressing room, turning the piece of paper over in her fingers, and he or she begins making pretend smiles and goofy faces at herself within the mirror. Suddenly, a bunch of ladies walks in, and Swift stops, startled. Then, when she turns round again to the mirror, her reflection is gone. Could it’s? She tries yelling on the girls, who cannot see or hear a factor she’s doing. Yes — she’s invisible! It’s a dream come true.
With her new invisibility cloak, Swift has by no means seemed extra thrilled. She tosses her stiletto heels, tears off the underside a part of her lengthy blue robe, and begins dancing. She dances and dances, via the resort foyer, on the concierge’s desk, in an elevator, via an empty room, and outdoors within the pouring rain, the place she jumps on a automobile. She really dances like nobody is watching as she jumps on the New York City subway.
In the ultimate scene, soaked from the rain, she arrives at a grungy bar, holding the piece of paper. Everyone turns and appears at her, and he or she’s seen once more.
The message of the video? Even with all of the perks, being one of the crucial highly effective celebrities on the planet has its drawbacks. See Swift’s depressing expression within the video on the pink carpet, and the truth that when she stops to take a selfie with followers, she’s bombarded by a loopy particular person. Therefore, when she’s magically invisible — or just out of the general public eye — it is the one time she’s in a position to be herself. Thus, the dance get together.
As for the be aware, within the lyrics for “Delicate,” Swift receives a textual content from her crush that claims “Dive bar on the East Side, the place you at? Come right here, you possibly can meet me within the again.” Presumably, within the video — provided that she winds up at a dive bar — the be aware serves as that message. Apparently, it is from somebody she actually likes, who does not care about her repute, and that helps give her energy to turn into invisible and joyful.
And, seeing that Swift was coincidentally photographed a few days in the past with Alwyn, a uncommon sighting of the couple, it looks as if she actually wished to drive the message residence: She could also be gone from the highlight, however she’s doing higher than she ever was.