Gomez is getting personal in her latest music video, opening up about relationship troubles (presumably with on-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber, although no name is explicitly mentioned).
“When I was on stage and I was thinking of…” a voiceover from Gomez begins the “The Heart Wants What It Wants” video, as she begins to cry. “I know him though, and I know that I know his heart, and I know what he wouldn’t do to hurt me. But I didn’t realize that I’m feeling so confident and feeling so great about myself and then it [can] just be completely shattered by one thing. By something so stupid. But then you make me feel crazy, you make me feel like it’s my fault. I was in pain.”
Cue a moody black-and-white video where Gomez sings, “The bed’s getting cold and you’re not here / The future that we hold is so unclear / But I’m not alive until you call / And I’ll bet the odds against it all / Save your advice ’cause I won’t hear / You might be right but I don’t care / There’s a million reasons why I should give you up / But the heart wants what it wants.”
Odd note: The phrase “the heart wants what it wants,” while first coined by Emily Dickinson, is most closely associated with Woody Allen. “The heart wants what it wants” is Allen’s quote explaining/excusing his relationship with his then-girlfriend’s daughter, whom he married.
Before releasing the song off her upcoming greatest hits album, Gomez posted the following message to Instagram earlier this week. “As I have a last listen, I thought a lot about my year. I thought a lot about my voice. And after a year of holding on. I think it’s time to start sharing. #November.”
Check out the more grown-up vid from Gomez below.