" 'Beating Heart' is about being away from someone or knowing that you're always going to have to be apart from someone that you really love," Goulding told MTV News during a special sneak peek of her upcoming music video for the jam.
"And it's painful, but it's hopeful because there's always a chance that they'll collide again like two people collide. Like the universe will bring them back together. I think the song is basically that. Sort of relying on the fact that if you're meant to be drawn back together you will be," she added.
According to director Neil Burger and music supervisor Randall Poster, Goulding is the de facto inner voice of the film's main character, Tris, so it makes sense that "Beating Heart" — the track that closes the film — should have to do with loss.
"Divergent" fans can check out the premiere of the music video as part of "MTV First" on Tuesday at 7:53 p.m. ET.