Ed Sheeran is a sad puppet in his new video.
Last year, British crooner Ed Sheeran released his third studio album Divide to wide reception. The album shot to no. 1 on both the UK and US charts and yielded a string of hits for the English singer.
Now Ed Sheeran is back with a video for his latest single “Happier.”
One of the less happier tracks off of Divide, “Happier” tells the story about a bad relationship ending and the guy seeing the girl out and about and realizing that she’s happier without him.
However, he’s not as happy, especially now that he’s seen her a month after much better off.
‘Cause baby you look happier, you do
My friends told me one day I’ll feel it too
And until then I’ll smile to hide the truth
But I know I was happier with you
Instead of appearing himself, Sheeran chose to tell the story through the eyes of his puppet that had previously appeared in 2014’s video for “Sing”, which almost makes the lyrics that much sadder.
Puppet Sheeran walks down the street and sees his ex, a ballon woman of the highest caliber, on a date with a new guy. She looks extremely happy and it sends the puppet into a spiral of sadness.
He relives moments of their past, the good and the bad, lays alone on the floor surrounded by their photos, drinks alone at a bar and even envisions himself beating up her new man.
At one point, he sits on a dingy couch playing his guitar with a sign that says “heartbroken and unhappier.”
Towards the end of the video, everything starts to turn into balloons as he’s reminded of his former love. He walks back down the same street from the beginning again only to see her distraught after her new man has left her and Puppet Sheeran, as Billboard astutely states, “has to watch his love float away — literally.”
“Happier” is the fifth single from Divide. It follows the massive single “Castle on the Hill,” its follow-up “Shape of You,” Gaelic-inspired jam “Galway Girl,” and one of 2017’s biggest first dance songs “Perfect.”
“Happier” takes a full 180 from the loveliness of its predecessor and shows the emotional range of Ed Sheeran’s work.
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