Besides the giant Easter eggs throughout the video, the storyline itself has lots of symbolism in it. It’s widely known that the song is about Ariana’s struggles with anxiety and having to take a step back to breathe to get through it. And the music video definitely illustrates that. As Ariana sings, the video goes back and forth between two different scenes — a crowded train station and a peaceful, cloudy sky. It’s clear that one represents her struggles and feeling trapped while the other represents her freedom.
It’s certainly been a busy week for Ariana. The music video comes just days after she dropped a surprise single, “thank u, next,” slayed a performance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and was awarded with Billboard‘s Woman Of The Year award. We’re not sure how she even had time to make a music video between all of her achievements lately, but she did and it’s epic.
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