Fans of Sam Smith have become accustomed to his soulful sound and overall message of unrequited love that he releases through the lyrics of each song on his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. His latest single, “I’m Not the Only One,” continues along that trend. The song is about the damage an extramarital affair can cause emotionally. On Friday, the U.K. singer released the video for the track. Starring Dianna Agron (Glee) and Chris Messina (The Mindy Project), the video explores the pain and destruction that cheating can cause.
In the new video, Argon plays the heartbroken wife and Messina plays the cheating husband. Directed by Luke Monaghan, the video shows the wife’s painful journey in finding out that her husband is cheating. Smith’s soulful voice captures the emotional depth of each scene. Singing over a piano and occasionally looking into the camera, Smith’s lyrics perfectly coincide with the wife’s tears and the husband’s tryst with another woman. Argon’s character eventually catches her husband. She shows her anger and pain by burning his clothes in the front yard. But that is the extent of her fury.
The end of the video shows Messina’s character returning home and greeting his wife with a kiss without her addressing his cheating ways. The symbolism of the ending scene, as well as one of the beginning scenes where Argon’s character is crying in her wedding dress, resonate with the lyrics, “You and me, we made a vow/For better or for worse. I can’t believe you let me down / But the proof’s in a way it hurts.” The cycle of infidelity is the main theme of both the video and the song.
Overall, “I’m Not the Only One,” is a song that captures that deep pain of the “unrequited love” Smith’s debut LP was inspired by. Back in May, Smith told Fader magazine in an interview that the album is about a guy. The British R&B sensation, however, said he wants his music to resonate with straight people as well. He has definitely accomplished that with his latest video.