Il 21 ottobre si è rivelata una mezzanotte impegnativa per Taylor Swift. Non solo la superstar del pop ha pubblicato il suo decimo album in studio, “Midnights”, ma ha anche sorpreso e deliziato i fan con un video musicale per il suo primo singolo, “Anti-Hero”, e ha pubblicato sette bonus track inaspettati. A quanto pare, Swift ha avuto molto da confessare con l’uscita del suo “album più sognante e introspettivo fino ad oggi”, come ha detto la cantautrice americana. In un post su Instagram del 21 ottobre, Swift ha spiegato: “Penso a Midnights come a un concept album completo, con quelle 13 canzoni che formano un quadro completo delle intensità di quell’ora pazza e mistificante”, mentre le sette canzoni bonus erano più “tracce delle 3 del mattino”. .”

Indeed, "Midnights" is an album that leans heavily into Swift's insecurities, with no song embodying that more than "Anti-Hero." As the track explores Swift's loathsome self-contemplations, its music video packs some brutally honest imagery. Swifties, brace yourselves... 

If you need help with an eating disorder, or know someone who is, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA's Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 Crisis Support via text (send NEDA to 741-741).

Taylor Swift confronts her body image struggles

With lyrics like "my depression works the graveyard shift," "Anti-Hero" isn't your average brooding-pop star production — and neither is its music video. Written and directed by Taylor Swift (including the hilariously morbid funeral sketch), the video is ripe with nightmarish surrealism. Opening with Swift puzzling over a plate of two eggs, bacon, and a piece of broccoli, her past "ghosts" begin haunting her. None, however, scares Swift more than herself. As the chorus chimes in, "It's me / Hi / I'm the problem, it's me," per Genius, she opens her door to find a dressed-to-party Swift. From influencing OG-Swift to down back-to-back shots at midnight, to convincing her that "everyone will betray you" (which glammed-up Swift scribbles on a chalkboard), this Party-Swift is a mess

"Anti-Hero" only cuts deeper and deeper into Swift's self-loathing. As she bemoans insecurities about her 5'11” frame, singing, "Sometimes I feel like everybody is a sexy baby / And I'm a monster on the hill / Too big to hang out," a third, giant-sized Swift squeezes through a dining room door to join a social gathering, at which she's decidedly unwanted. 

The true shocker of the music video comes in a "Black Swan"-esque scene, in which OG-Swift steps onto a scale only for it to read, "FAT." Party-Swift lurks in the back, taking it all in with an eerie smile. Given that Swift has shared her history of disordered eating in recent years, this scene is undoubtedly the most staunchly candid yet in her musical videography.

If you need help with an eating disorder, or know someone who is, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA's Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 Crisis Support via text (send NEDA to 741-741).

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