Songwriter takes in a tub full of diamonds wasn’t any old soak. Those diamonds were apparently real.
According to Page Six, jewelers like Neil Lane reportedly lent over $10 million worth of bling to the shoot, resulting in what is likely the most opulent scene in a pretty opulent music video. A source also told the paper that there was tons of security on set, which makes sense given the fact that the pieces were reportedly archival and vintage designs.
The scene wasn’t without its controversy, as a number of people thought the scene was referencing the horrific way Kim Kardashian was bound and robbed at gunpoint in October 2016. For proof, critics pointed to the lyrics Taylor sings in the scene, which they assert are about Kanye and Kim Kardashian West: “I don’t like your perfect crime / How you laugh when you lie / You said the gun was mine / Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you.” (For their part, neither Kim nor Kanye have commented on the new song, though sources say they “don’t care”about the track and are reportedly choosing to focus on “more important things.”)
Yet other fans defended Taylor, and pointed to a speech she gave prior to performing the song “Blank Space” at the Grammy Museum in 2016. That song was famously about the media’s fixation on her dating life, which is fitting given that “Look What You Made Me Do” features traces of the same themes. In her own words, the singer-songwriter explained that she had been painted as someone who “jetsets around the world collecting men and she can get any of them but she’s so clingy that they leave and she cries and she gets another one in her web and she traps them and locks them in her mansion and she’s crying in her marble bathtub surrounded by pearls.” But rather than fight the persona, she decided to use it to create one of her biggest hits.
One thing’s for sure: while a tub full of pearls would be expensive, it’s nowhere near diamond-levels of opulent.
Source: Teen Vogue