Pop superstar Lady Gaga debuted the music video for her latest single "Marry the Night" on Thursday, in which the singer relives one of the darkest periods of her life.
In the 14-minute-long video, Gaga plays a ballet dancer who suffers a mental breakdown after being told by her director that she should quit. She then restructures her life and goals to rise to the top.
Not very far off from her previous videos, featuring somewhat bizarre imagery and choreographed dance routines, the singer told E! News that the video was inspired by the devastation she experienced the day she was dropped from her first record label, Island Def Jam.
"It was one of the worst days of my life and it happened quite quickly," she told E! News’ Jason Kennedy in an interview. "But in my mind, when I think back on that period of my life, it all happened very slow. It is my personal way of seeing things. I am the artist of my own life. I choose to tell you what happened. If you give up after something like that, you were never destined to be an entertainer."
In addition, Gaga said the song is about "marrying your obstacles in order to achieve your dreams," or embracing your faults and mistakes in order to better yourself.
"In order to become great at writing music or at fishing or at being a mechanic, you have to acknowledge what is wrong with your work, or what's dishonest about it," she explained. "I love the obstacle, that's what I'm trying to say to you. To marry your obstacles means to say, 'I, the artist, wholeheartedly accept all and everything that you choose to throw at me. I am destined to struggle, I am destined to write music about the struggle, and I accept it willingly.’"
Despite the fact that the video is Gaga's directorial debut, the superstar said it didn't feel like a debut because she's always had a large say in the creative direction of her videos.
"I know it's my directorial debut, but I've really created everything I've ever done in my career," she said. "I really didn't do anything differently on this video that I didn't do on the 'Telephone' video or the 'Paparazzi' video or the 'Bad Romance' video. I hope my fans will take from this the progression that you have to trust yourself to make mistakes."