The Meaning Of Selena Gomez's "Wolves" Music Video Is Actually Pretty Deep

by Jamie LeeLo
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Our main girl Selena has been keeping us on our toes for months, and on Nov. 17 she came out swinging... well... singing. On Friday afternoon, Gomez debuted her new music video, and even though we have no idea what it means, we do know we love it. Fans are trying to guess the meaning of Selena Gomez's "Wolves" music video just like her previous two video hits "Bad Liar" and "Fetish," and boy are there some theories.

To begin, let's take a quick little glance into Gomez's past year, shall we? She embarked on a glorious ten-month relationship with The Weeknd, delivered hit after hit this summer, low-key underwent and recovered from a life-saving kidney transplant surgery, broke up with The Weeknd, and now is back together with Justin Bieber.

Hm, I wonder if the music video could be about any of that.

Here's a quick look at some of the more evocative lyrics:

In your eyes, there's a heavy blue / One to love and one to lose / Sweet divide, a heavy truth / Water or wine, don't make me choose
I wanna feel the way that we did that summer night (night) / Drunk on a feeling, alone with the stars in the sky
CHORUS: I've been running through the jungle / I've been running with the wolves / To get to you, to get to you / I've been down the darkest alleys / Saw the dark side of the moon / To get to you, to get to you / I've looked for love in every stranger / Took too much to ease the anger / All for you, yeah, all for you / I've been running through the jungle / I've been crying with the wolves / To get to you, to get to you (oh to get to you)
Your fingertips trace my skin / To places I have never been / Blindly I am following / Break down these walls and come on in
I wanna feel the way that we did that summer night (night) / Drunk on a feeling, alone with the stars in the sky

Now watch the video. Unfortunately, "Wolves" is only available on Apple Music at the moment, but you can create an account to watch using the link in Gomez's tweet.

OK, did you watch? Clearly there's a lot to dissect here. Obviously, fans are going to try to guess who this song is about, and out the gate, we have a clue. She mentions blue eyes in the lyrics and there's a lot of blue water imagery in the video, too. But you guys... NEITHER JUSTIN BIEBER NOR THE WEEKND HAVE BLUE EYES. WTF?

However, sleuthing fans discovered this song might not be about a relationship at all, and could actually be much more personal.

Gomez has been incredibly vocal about her struggle with Lupus disease, and someone on Twitter learned that the Latin word "lupus" directly translates to "wolf."

I know. I'll give you a minute.

This entire video could be a metaphor for Gomez's mental and physical health struggle, and that the "jungle" she runs through is actually part of the journey to finding herself.

IT'S A DEEP CONCEPT, BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL NICE TO THINK ABOUT, OK?! It also makes a lot of sense. In the video, Gomez is all dressed up wearing a gorgeous dress and heels, but is completely alone the entire time. The water is running and there's a video camera watching her, recording her every move. The camera is obviously an important motif in the video as it appears frequently in the shots. This could be a symbol for how the media and her fans are constantly watching and have access to everything she does, even the personal parts of her life that she wishes were kept private.

In an Instagram post earlier this week, Gomez mentioned she will be performing "Wolves" at the AMAs this Sunday, making it her first performance in over a year. In the post, the singer shared a video of herself practicing vocals with the caption:

My first performance in over a year.. the AMAs have been a place where I’ve shared some of my most intimate moments. Heart wants what it wants, after treatment and now Wolves. This Sunday

Well, welcome back, Selena. You and this music video are seriously awesome.

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