Katy Perry heads to a love retreat to overcome heartbreak in ‘Never Really Over’

To say Katy Perry’s recently released songs have been met with lukewarm reception would be an understatement. Her last album 2017’s Witness was not well-received at all, and her collaboration with Zedd on “365” was received just the same.

Now, it looks like she’s ready to return to her sparkly self even though the subject matter seems to be the complete opposite. On Friday (May 31), the California girl released her new song, “Never Really Over,” and its music video companion.

The four-minute clip begins with Perry standing at a bus stop, luggage in hand, waiting for a bus to arrive. As it passes, she disappears and heads to what looks like a tranquil, hippie-esque retreat. While at first, Perry appears to be against all the activities, she decides rather quickly that it may be for the best to participate. She joins a group doing yoga, tries acupuncture, tries her hand at cupping therapy, and even takes part in a bonfire where she drinks some kind of potion. In the end, it seems like she’s come to terms with that relationship she was “never really over.”

It’s a summery take on a song about letting go of a temperamental on-and-off again relationship and we’re all for it, especially the new earthy, spiritual look Perry is sporting. Maybe this new earthy, free-spirit theme will play into her new era? Whatever it is, we can definitely get behind it.

Watch the Philippa Price-directed music video for “Never Really Over” above.

“Never Really Over” is currently available for purchase here.

“All of our relationships – from first love, through failed love, to great love – all become a part of you, so that none are ever really over, and once you accept both the dark and the light, you may find that the darkness brought you to the light,” Perry said about the inspiration behind the new song in a press statement.

No word on whether “Never Really Over” is a standalone single or if it will be featured on Perry’s follow-up to Witness.


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