Though Ed Sheeran‘s latest single, “Don’t,” was inspired by a bitter breakup, the singer has taken a more optimistic approach with the track’s new music video. Directed by Emil Nava, the clip focuses on one dancer’s journey from poverty to wealth, as he limberly pops and locks his way from the ghetto to a mansion.
The video opens with a young man sleeping outside on a weather-beaten mattress – but once Sheeran’s soulful falsetto kicks in, he wakes up and begins his epic dance voyage. After some quick breakdancing, the man walks into his house and puts on a shirt; from there, he slips in and out of several increasingly nice homes (one featuring a not-so-subtle plug for Beats By Dre headphones) and finally arrives at a mansion, where he changes into a suit and shows off some Matrix-styled moves.
“Don’t” is the second single from Sheeran’s eclectic second album, X, which came out in June. He previously debuted the track on SNL back in April; that same month, he opened up to Rolling Stone about the song’s origins, saying the funky cut was inspired by a real-life romance with another singer – who slept with one of Sheeran’s close friends while they were staying in the same hotel. But despite internet rumors, the track wasn’t written about Taylor Swift, a songwriter known for penning tracks of romantic revenge.
“It’s 100 percent not about Taylor,” he said. “Taylor’s one of these people that if you piss her off and she writes a song about you, it’s not good news for you. I’ve never dated Taylor. I’ve dated a few singers, though.”