Katy Perry revisits her past and looks to the future in the new video for “Wide Awake,” the final single off “Teenage Dream,” as she officially closes the door on her third album. Naturally, she does this in several over-the-top settings wearing several over-the-top costumes. Subtlety is not in the whipped cream bra-wearing singer’s vocabulary.
“Wide Awake” opens with Perry filming the video for “California Gurls,” which was released all the way back in the summer 2010, and closes with her on stage, a nod to her soon-to-be-released 3-D film “Part of Me.”
In between, the singer finds her way through a scary maze with a younger version of herself in tow, as people with horns — and cameras — confront her.
Anyone who is familiar with the 27-year-old singer’s personal life can see how the video has pulled from reality. After experiencing the high of “Teenage Dream,” a record that produced several hits and made her a bona fide star, Perry experienced the low of splitting from husband Russell Brand.
Indeed, at the end of the video, Perry encounters a Prince Charming figure with his fingers crossed behind his back. She promptly punches him in the face.
Watch the video below.