The meaning of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video

30 November 2018, 18:26 | Updated: 4 December 2018, 14:59

Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s new video is filled with easter eggs…

Miley Cyrus is back. After spending most of 2018 out of the limelight, the 26-year-old superstar has returned to music with a brand new Mark Ronson collaboration: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’. Last year, Miley returned to her country roots with her critically acclaimed sixth studio album Younger Now and ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ sees her build on that sound. It’s a striking disco-tinged folk banger.

The song itself is about a toxic relationship coming to an end. Miley sings evocative lyrics like “I heard you on the phone last night // We live and die by pretty lies” in her signature twang. It’s beautiful. However, it’s the moving ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ music video that’s got everybody talking. Not only is the visual political af but it also contains multiple easter eggs and secret meanings.

Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video meaning
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video meaning.

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Unsurprisingly the internet is shook and, ever since it dropped, fans have been putting together their own extensive theories as to what the music video means. On top of that, people have been sleuthing it to find out what’s hidden in it. With that in mind, we’ve analysed every single frame of the video and gathered together all of the easter eggs in one place for you.

1. Miley is making a statement about gun control.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Bullets
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Bullets.

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The video opens with a child playing with bullets as Miley sings “nothing’s gon’ save us now”. The shot seems like a bleak metaphor for the fact that guns rob children of their childhood. Mass shootings and police killings in the US mean that too many kids lose their innocence too young. They are more accustomed with death and guns than actual toys.

2. Miley references ‘Wrecking Ball’.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - 'Wrecking Ball'
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – ‘Wrecking Ball’.

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Miley is being chased by the police and one of the police cars has a ‘Wrecking Ball’ air freshener.

3. Miley critiques stan culture.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Stan culture
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Stan culture.

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There are multiple scenes of people holding signs in support of Miley. It’s perhaps a reference to the fact that so many of us are so concerned with celebrity culture that we ignore the real life issues in the world.

4. Miley gives Hannah Montana a nod.

This is iconic.

5. Jesus makes an appearance.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Jesus
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Jesus.

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It’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment but a Jesus like figure appears alongside a group of nuns on the road. It maybe alludes to the fact that our world is getting more and more corrupt. Jesus is right there and yet all people care about is Miley’s Wild Ride.

6. Miley pays homage to ’23’.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - '23'
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – ’23’.

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Photos from Miley’s ’23’ shoot and video in her Bangerz era appear in one of the helicopters following her.

7. Miley pays homage to Britney.

No this shot is not just Miley being Miley. It’s actually a reference to an old Britney Spear’s paparazzi video.

8. The church is hypocritical.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Church
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Church.

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In one of the scenes Miley drives through a strip club in which there are various priests. It seems to act as a metaphor for the fact that the church often doesn’t practice what it preaches.

9. Miley calls out social media.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Phone
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Phone.

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These girls literally are paying no attention to what’s going on around them because they are glued to their phones.

10. Children are taught to be hateful.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Gun
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Gun.

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The image of the girl being taught how to shoot alludes to the fact that ignorance is inherited and passed down. Children are not corrupting themselves; they are being corrupted.

11. Miley includes the LGBTQ+ community.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - LGBTQ+
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – LGBTQ+.

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One scene centres a same sex couple.

12. Miley honours Colin Kaepernick.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Racism
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Racism.

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One still includes various footballers kneeling. This is in reference to Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem at games as a protest against racial injustice.

13. The VMAs teddy-bear is back.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - VMAs teddy bear
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – VMAs teddy bear.

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Miley gives her famous ‘We Can’t Stop’ performance from the VMAs a nod.

14. Miley calls out consumerist culture.

Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' video - Consumerism
Miley Cyus and Mark Ronson: ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ video – Consumerism.

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Once again people are fighting over material goods when actual terrible things are happening in the world.

15. We worship celebrity.

The ending shot shows Miley replicating Jesus dying on the cross.
The ending shot shows Miley replicating Jesus dying on the cross.

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The ending shot shows Miley replicating Jesus dying on the cross. Celebrity is the new religion.



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