WATCH: Katy Perry's new lyric video, "Unconditionally"

Oct 20, 2013 at 5:11 p.m. ET

Katy Perry shows us that love isn't always what it seems in her new lyric video for "Unconditionally."

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Katy Perry's new lyric video for her single "Unconditionally" seems simple enough.

The stark gray-and-white video shows a female model singing along with Katy's track as the words come out of her mouth.

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The words float over to the object of her unconditional love, who is doing his best to look straight out of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog by brooding into the camera.

As they near him, the words disappear — as if her passionate lyrics are lost on him.

Then our male model starts crying as we realize that he has a softer side and that maybe her words are getting through — although I don't think I realized exactly how much of a softer side our male model had.

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This is where the lyric video gets a bit more complex. See, the guy... well, Katy alluded to it in one of her recent tweets.


Yes. Our male model is Erika Linder. That's right. Erika. Not Eric.

Erika was actually one of the first female models to cross over to menswear.

If one rewatches the video while keeping that knowledge in mind, the lyrics take on a new, much more complex and intense meaning.

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While she has never said so, it's hard to imagine this song was written for anyone other than Katy's boyfriend, lothario John Mayer.

Katy sings, "All your insecurities/ All the dirty laundry/ Never made me blink one time."

Truthfully, Katy, it would have made us blink a couple of times. But as Katy and John sang in Mayer's recent single, "You just can't help who you love."

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Katy is currently streaming Prism on her website ahead of its Tuesday release.

Check out the lyric video for "Unconditionally" below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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