Katy Perry temporarily retired her candy-striped costumes and rainbow wigs for a dose of reality in her new video “Wide Awake.” After wrapping up the video production of “California Gurls,” Perry goes to her dressing room and is transported to a Pan’s Labyrinth world filled with glowing fireflies and foggy, ivy-covered mazes.
She weakly navigates through the maze, protected by a younger version of herself. Together they escape a Hall of Mirrors, which is surrounded by demanding photographers wielding explosive flash bulbs like weapons, and a gloomy corridor secured by trippy bulls.
The video is absolutely spectacular and Perry looks GORG, as always. We love that she channels her darkest moments but always spins it into something positive and transformative.
“Well, this song, I have a lot of different emotions and feelings in all of my songs,” Perry revealed to MTV. “This song in particular is a dose of reality. It’s kind of like coming down from a high. You’ve been on cloud nine for so long, and it can’t always be so sweet and sometimes you need to realize that, and you have to pick yourself up and move forward and face the facts of life and know that this is just a lesson you learn and you’re stronger because of it.”
We think she’s hinting at her divorce from Russell Brand, who might be referenced in the video when she punches a knight in shining armor crossing his fingers behind his back. Ouch!
Perry’s new movie hits theatres on July 5.
Watch it here: