You weren’t expecting Lady Gaga to do something simple were you? The music video for Perfect Illusion has dropped, and as expected the internet is going mad.
The music video shows a mad, frantic party and Gaga dancing around between the crowds, shaking off some demons. It kind of feels like someone fighting to forget, to feel less, and many fans have interpreted the song as being about the singer’s ex-fiance Taylor Kinney but Gaga has explained that it isn’t about him specifically.
In an interview with Andy Cohen she explained “This song is not a hit out against Taylor. He’s my best friend. This song is just about, I’m sure, not only feelings I’ve had but feelings he’s had, that my friends have had, that my sister has in her relationship. It’s a record about all of us, and I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much.”
She continued to say that the song explores the moment when a relationship moves from the “honeymoon phase” into reality. “The record is about being so intoxicated with love, so high [and] dilated, falling free in a modern ecstasy that you wake up one day and you can’t believe that it was not real,” she told US Weekly. “How did that happen? How did I do that? The song is sort of raging against that experience. I think also it’s really hard for people to date today, you know, online and with the way that the world is, you just never really know who you’re meeting, and everybody’s got this perfect illusion of themselves that they’re trying to live up to.”