Taylor Swift's 'Delicate' video was a tad late dropping, and fans rioted

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

OK, if we have learned one thing by now, it’s that Taylor Swift fans mean serious business when it comes to their love for their idol — and that it’s not a good idea to mess with their emotions.

Taylor Swift in her new “Delicate” video. (Photo: Taylor Swift/Instagram)

When the pop superstar announced that she had under her belt a new video version of her single “Delicate,” she promised to drop it at midnight ET, exclusively on the Spotify platform. As expected, Swifties were poised and ready at their devices with plenty of time to spare.

But then…

The video didn’t show up. Ten minutes stretched to 20 … 20 to 30 … and beyond…

Clearly there was some sort of glitch going on (with, no doubt, a league of Spotify techs sweating bullets to fix the matter). However, as one might expect, things began to get a little hairy on social media. This was literally the worst day of everyone’s life.

When the video finally did arrive sometime past 12:30 a.m. ET, there were more issues — it wasn’t available internationally, and some U.S. users had trouble getting it to load. But apparently the end result was worth all the trouble.

Shot in vertical selfie form, all in one take (fun fact: her 2012 video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was also a one-take wonder, albeit one that took a reported 18 attempts to get perfect), it delighted Swifties with its stripped-down, unvarnished feel — as well as a mysterious “J” necklace that seemed to pay tribute to her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.

So was all forgiven by fans for that interminable, soul-sucking wait at midnight? Sounds as if everyone (finally) went to bed with sweet dreams on the horizon.

Even those who still couldn’t find the video had gushing words for its beauty.

It’s a happy ending for all, especially considering Swift had a previously contentious relationship with Spotify, having pulled her catalog from the streaming platform in 2014, citing that she believed there should be an “inherent value placed on art.”

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