Sugarland & Taylor Swift's Glamorous 'Babe' Video Depicts a Retro Love Triangle
Country duo Sugarland dropped their anticipated sixth studio album Bigger on Friday (June 8), and they've followed it up one day later with the video for the single "Babe," featuring an appearance from the song's co-writer Taylor Swift.
The band first teased the Mad Men-esque video on Wednesday (June 6) during the CMT Music Awards with a thrilling trailer. Decked out in furs, jewels and flawless blonde curls, Sugarland songstress Jennifer Nettles stars in the video as a wealthy 1960s housewife caught in a torrid love triangle opposite Brandon Routh and Taylor Swift.
Routh is the philandering husband working late hours and hiding his true colors from his wife, while Swift plays the seductive colleague with whom Routh spends time when he’s away from home. The cinematic video is full of glamorous costumes and disguises, and T. Swift gives off major Joan Holloway vibes by donning a red wig for the vixen role. Kristian Bush of Sugarland even gets in on the roleplay as the snooping neighbor in oversized frames.
After many nights alone, Nettles’ housewife character knows something is up and she scornfully watches her marriage fall apart -- but when she finally catches Swift and Routh in the act, it’s the final straw.
"We ain't getting through this one, babe. This is the last time I'll ever call you, babe," she and Swift sing in the chorus.
Watch the "Babe" video, directed by Anthony Mandler, below.