[artist id=”3274550″]Katy Perry[/artist]’s moody, contemplative clip for “The One That Got Away” perfectly encapsulates both the joy of falling in love and the heartbreak of letting go. It travels through time and space and recalls the story of Perry’s one that got away.
Directed by Floria Sigismondi (who also directed Perry’s trippy “E.T.” clip ), the video opens with Katy, decked out in old-lady makeup, returning home from a trip as her husband (who viewers quickly realize isn’t the guy Perry thought she’d end up with) asks how it went. She then walks up the stairs of her contemporary mansion to reflect on the past.
As she settles into her place at home, little things begin to remind her of him: notably a heart tattoo on her arm. From there, viewers are taken back in time, as Perry recalls her fiery, sexy love affair with her artist beau, played by Mexican movie star Diego Luna .
In this past life, Perry and Luna, both painters, would create their art side by side, acting as each other’s muse. In between painting pictures, the two share moments and enjoy life: making out, giggling, tattooing one another, crashing parties and falling asleep in one another’s arms.
For much of the video, things seem perfect between the pair. However, all good things must come to an end. Eventually, their art splits them up: As he grows more creative and she becomes frustrated with it, they no longer can connect emotionally. From there, the fighting begins, culminating in the ultimate argument.
As he drives away from their scuffle, still fired up, he looks down at a memento of hers, takes his eyes off the road for a quick second, and tragically and unexpectedly crashes off a cliff, leaving no chance for reconciliation.
The video closes with Katy driving Luna’s old car. She eventually goes to the scene of the tragedy as Johnny Cash’s “You Are My Sunshine” plays. As an old Katy looks over that cliff, the sun radiating over her, she’s visited by the ghost of her one true love and, for a moment, feels the love they once shared.
The video premiered online and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday, when Perry not only announced plans to hold a free show at L.A.’s Staples Center on November 23 called “Katy Perry Gives Thanks,” but also talked a bit about her plans to start a family with hubby Russell Brand .
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