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The long-awaited continuation of Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom music video series has arrived.
“Strangers,” Halsey’s duet with former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, was first released more than a year ago, but today, the track finally receives a music video. The new video features the two pop stars facing off in a bloody boxing match, playing to the Romeo & Juliet storyline of the other music videos from Halsey’s concept album. Watch the video for “Strangers” below.
Suited up in braids and boxing gloves, the new music video follows Halsey and Jauregui as star-crossed lovers Luna and Rosa, respectively. Coming from warring families, they’re pitted against each other in a boxing ring, fighting face to face, but becoming less aggressive and more emotional over time. The match leaves each one bloodied and bruised until Halsey’s Luna emerges victorious, but it’s clear throughout the clip that there’s tension between them, suggesting they were once more than merely rivals. At the end of the clip, Luna meets Angelus, a winged member of Rosa’s family whom Luna is separated from in the video for Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’s first single “Now or Never.”
“Strangers” is the fifth and final instalment in Halsey’s gender-flipped Romeo & Juliet-inspired visual saga and follows her video for “Alone,” but acts as a prequel to the four other music videos in the series. If you need to catch up, all of her videos in the series are here.
The 23-year-old pop star took to Twitter to further expand on the music video’s message.
The vid is a metaphor for a toxic relationship. You beat eachother down as u get weaker & more desperate ur shots get dirty & you fight cheap. You lose sight of what ur even fighting for. When someone finally wins, what have they really won? won a fight. lost the person you love
— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
Well the male character Solis (meaning sun) is Juliet (“and juliet is the sun”) so my character Luna is Romeo and therefore the moon. Also the moon is often portrayed as a sapphic woman. Rosaline (Rosa) is the woman that Romeo (Luna) desires before he meets Juliet. https://t.co/phMCiVg76c
— h (@halsey) June 20, 2018
im so proud of the Strangers video Lauren & I trained really hard to pull off those boxing scenes. My heart broke when I saw the 1st cut seeing us get bloodied + bruised and equating it to the metaphor the vid is meant to represent. That’s really how a toxic relationship can feel
— h (@halsey) June 21, 2018
Halsey—real name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane—has been on tour since last fall in support of her sophomore album, which will wrap this September in Berlin.