On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 4th October 2011 The One That Got Away was released
The One That Got Away was the sixth and final single released from Katy’s album Teenage Dream.
The One That Got Away peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100, with Teenage Dream becoming the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s. The single reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, Adult Top 40, and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Floria Sigismondi and premiered in November 2011, featuring actor Diego Luna. An official remix featuring rapper B.o.B was released to digital retailers in December 2011. An official acoustic rendition was released to digital retailers in January 2012, this version was included in Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection edition. The song has been covered by several artists, including Richard Marx, Jordan Pruitt, and Selena Gomez & the Scene.
Released in November 2011, the video begins with an elderly woman (Perry) in a white long-sleeved dress walking through a modernistic home. She blandly walks past her husband (played by Herman Sinitzyn), hinting that the two are in a loveless marriage. While making herself a cup of coffee, the elderly woman, unhappy with her present situation, begins to think about her colorful past when the song begins: her younger self with her artist boyfriend (Luna). As the song plays, the happy girl and the boyfriend paint portraits of each other, dress up wildly, dance at a party, and give each other a makeshift tattoo.
As the elderly woman sadly reminisces while sitting on her (and the husband’s) fancy bedroom alone in a silk nightgown, her younger self and the boyfriend get into an argument which culminates in her splashing red paint on one of his elaborate paintings after he did the same to one of hers and he leaves angrily then drives away. The woman’s younger self appears to her older self’s bedroom with each on the bed as they both sing. The younger version is also shown in her older self’s closet, crying and singing while the boyfriend is seen driving in a Ford Mustang to blow off steam from the fight. At the same time in the present, the older woman is shown driving out of her garage in a similar type of car as the boyfriend is driving in the flashback.
The boyfriend opens the sun visor above him while driving and finds the veil of the dress the younger version of Perry had worn while partying. He stares at the veil, hinting that he decides to make up with her. But he does not notice the large boulders on the road from a small rock slide. He swerves to avoid the rocks and accidentally drives off a cliff, dying in the subsequent crash without getting a chance to make up, while the woman’s younger self also ‘dies’ at the same time (possibly representing the death of her colorful personality). The song ends abruptly as the sounds of the car violently rolling down the cliff are heard.
While Johnny Cash’s cover of You Are My Sunshine plays quietly in the background, the woman’s older self now sports a dark conservative long-sleeved dress and is revealed to have driven to that same spot where the boyfriend had died. She walks up to the edge of the cliff and leans against a fence when the boyfriend (either a ghost or a hallucination) appears before her on the other side of the fence. The two hold hands, revealing matching tattoos on their hands. When the older woman snaps back to reality, the Johnny Cash music stops suddenly and the boyfriend vanishes. Saddened, the elderly woman turns back and silently walks away from the cliff as the screen fades to black.