Shawn Mendes released his heartfelt ballad “It’s Gonna Be Alright” just two weeks after his public split from Camila Cabello, but he took his time curating a whimsical and melancholic music video. The “Wonder” singer took to Instagram on Jan. 12 to announce that the video would be released the following day.
Filmed in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, the video begins with Shawn sitting on a bench as snow falls behind him and he fidgets with a ring on his middle finger. For the duration of the video, he walks around Toronto with the city skyline and glistening winter snow as a backdrop. It’s a beautiful scene for the song, which includes lyrics that release the equally chilling emotions that come with heartbreak.
In a live stream ahead of the music video’s world premiere, Shawn shared some details about the song. “I’m so glad you saw this video, I think it’s beautiful. I think you’re going to love it,” he told fans. For “It’ll Be Okay,” Shawn teamed up with director Jay Martin, who also directed the music videos for his hits like “Mercy,” “Stitches,” and “In My Blood.”
“The video was extremely cold to shoot,” he continued. “We were in the city of Toronto and it was dark and very cold. There was a lot of fake snow in my mouth. But other than that it was pretty cool.” He went on to say that he enjoyed being able to shoot a video that features the skyline of the city he lives in for the first time.
Of course, fans wanted to know her favorite lyrics to “It’s Gonna Be Alright” and the 23-year-old del 👏iv👏ered👏 star. “My favorite line in the song is ‘I’m starting to imagine a world where we won’t collide.’ I love the word ‘collide’, I love the image of two people not just meeting in life, but two people – boom – in life,” he explained, mimicking the sound of an explosion at the end.
Following the video’s premiere, Shawn shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes look on Instagram, where he explained all about the inspiration behind the song and how the video came to fruition. The BTS video was also shared with the official Instagram profile.
In the behind-the-scenes video, Jay Martin admitted that old photographs of James Dean were a major influence on Shawn’s look on “It’s Gonna Be Alright.”
“I really wanted to make music that felt super honest and super raw and was going through some tough times at the time. Just being able to walk around Toronto – where I usually go back to process things and where you’re going to find me in my most private moments – it sounds like the perfect location and video for the song,” Shawn said of his hometown.
“I think at the end of the day, being vulnerable and open in the moment is extremely difficult, frustrating and boring,” he continued. “But most of the time it pays off and every time you have the courage to be vulnerable, you give others the courage to come out and be true. It’s a really, really powerful thing.”
If you haven’t already, watch Shawn’s music video for “It’ll Be Okay” below.
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