Sam Smith’s gospel-tinged “I’m Not the Only One” finds the breakout soul singer exploring the fallout of an extramarital affair. In his new video for the track, Smith shows exactly how painful and destructive that fallout can be, with Dianna Agron (Glee) cast as a heartbroken wife and Chris Messina (Argo, The Mindy Project) as a cheating husband.
“You and me, we made a vow / For better or for worse,” Smith sings over a simple piano progression, occasionally looking deep into the camera. “I can’t believe you let me down / But the proof’s in a way it hurts.” Agron shows exactly how much the affair hurts: After some drunken bawling, she sneaks out to catch her husband in the act and burns his clothes in their front yard. Directed by Luke Monaghan, the video ends with Messina’s character returning home and greeting his wife with a sensual kiss, showing the cyclical nature of his infidelity.
It’s heavy, emotive stuff – but that’s the overall vibe of Smith’s acclaimed debut LP, In the Lonely Hour. Back in May, the singer told Fader that the album was inspired by “unrequited love.”
“It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know – I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about,” he told the publication. “I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions. I’ve tried to be clever with this album, because it’s also important to me that my music reaches everybody. I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody – whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat – and everybody can relate to that.”