Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" Video Is a Meditation on Her Healing Journey

Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" Video Is a Meditation on Her Healing Journey

The second video from the 'Joanne' era isn't as intense as "Perfect Illusion" but just as powerful, and much more personal.

The second video from the 'Joanne' era isn't as intense as "Perfect Illusion" but just as powerful, and much more personal.

Text: Ian David Monroe

The second single off of Lady Gaga's latest album, Joanne, has finally received a music video, and it's by the same crew behind "Perfect Illusion." The singer revealed earlier this week that the video for "Million Reasons" comes as a sequel to "Perfect Illusion," starting off exactly where its predecessor left off.

The Ruth Hogben- and Andrea Gelardin-directed scene sees Gaga in stark contrast to the previous video, reviving herself from her mosh pit performance and being scooped up by a crew of handlers. She's lead to a set where she polishes up and performs once again, this time trading in ripped jeans for a full-on pink suit. The reflective video steers clear of the traditional love narrative and makes the song about the team around her.

Given the letter she released about PTSD last week, the pairing of videos makes sense. As she described in the essay, Gaga was traumatized by the lack of care with which she was handled in her earlier career, forced to tour even though she was in pain, which is perhaps represented by the "Perfect Illusion" video where she is literally thrown into a crowd. The video for "Million Reasons," then, shows how her team—her family—picked her up again, and helped her heal in creating the new record.

Read our interviews with the visual and sonic collaborators of Lady Gaga's Joanne here.

UP NEXT

Bella Hadid Announces New Collaboration with Chrome Hearts