Every Taylor Swift video is a considered thing. Her earliest offerings like ‘Love Story’ have now become iconic, and now with her sixth record ‘Reputation’ she’s amped it up a notch – her latest video for ‘Delicate’ being no different.
The video sees the Grammy-winner experience a world where she’s invisible. Away from the cameras and paparazzi we see Taylor dancing like nobody is watching, because literally nobody is, and the clip has already racked up millions of views on YouTube.
Fans have immediately started to speculate about what the real message behind Taylor’s video could be.
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me: The Delicate music video is Taylor’s message of prioritizing happiness over her reputation and realizing that the only thoughts that matter are those of the ones closest to you and in the end your character speaks louder than the voices of your enemies
— ✨?✨ (@Lovermour) March 12, 2018
After the robots and futuristic world of ‘…Ready for It?’, and mad parties of ‘End Game’, ‘Delicate’ is a far more subtle video. Fans are speculating that ‘Delicate’ is about how Taylor feels like she has to behave in a certain way because of her reputation and fame; when she’s invisible she finally gets to be herself.
Taylor hasn’t been in the public eye quite so much over the past year: she’s been off keeping herself to herself, and being who she wants to be, just like she is in the video. Fans are also seeing the clip as a message that you should be unapologetic, and spend time focussing on what and who makes you happy.
Waking up earlier to watch #DelicateMusicVideo was the best decision I've made in a while. Seeing Taylor dance like no one's watching and at the end find people who care about her, is worth waking up earlier.This video is so delicate but so strong. @taylorswift13 @taylornation13
— Riia IS SEEING TAYLOR IN BERLIN (@riialamsa13) March 12, 2018
sister taylor!!!! thank you for teaching me to be unapologetically myself and instilling so much confidence in me. i’m sending you the most giant hug ever. THE DELICATE VID IS SO PERFECT. it gave the song even more meaning and i cried. @taylorswift13 #DelicateMusicVideo
— SARAH!! (@thisIovenjh) March 12, 2018
Delicate means SO MUCH MORE now that that video is out. It’s about being yourself and getting away from the chaos and noise in the world to focus and love ourselves. It’s a work of art that I hope others get the chance to appreciate ♥️ @taylorswift13 #DelicateMusicVideo
— nickyy (@nickoftime_13) March 12, 2018
And of course it wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift video without a few Easter Eggs hidden throughout it. Firstly, eagle-eyed fans spotted that Taylor has been leaving messages on the walls again, as she has done in several of her previous music videos (like ‘End Game’ and ‘…Ready For It’ ). In the video we see text in a subway station that reads ‘Track 5’, which is the track number of ‘Delicate’ on the album.
— leightheestallion (@leighscrackhead) March 12, 2018
And we also see graffiti reading ‘Reputation’ (the title of her album) and “Echoes of your footsteps” – the latter of which are lyrics from ‘Delicate’.
— Taylor✨ (@t_swiftastic) March 12, 2018
We also see a sign reading ‘Joe’s Deli’ – which fans reckon is a shout-out to Taylor’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
“Joes deli” pic.twitter.com/7gVdeMNyVA
— nicole (@rowbrinaswift13) March 12, 2018
And when we see Taylor dancing on top of the desks in the hotel, if you look carefully at the concierge’s tablets you’ll see that they read the feline hotel name; “Hotel Delicat”.
— andressa✈️lover sao paulo (@dessacorradi) March 12, 2018