The music video is the fifth and final instalment of Halsey's "Hopeless Fountain" saga, which is a collection of short films based on tracks from the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
album. It centers around a modern day "Romeo and Juliet" theme and this clip finds the two star crossed lovers taking their feelings to the boxing ring. Halsey told ABC Radio
the video was partly inspired by Christina Aguilera's "sweaty and filthy and really sexy" one for "Dirrty
Halsey added that she and Lauren Jauregui trained with real boxers and stunt coaches before fighting each other. "'Strangers' is about this relationship where these two people are kinda beating the life out of each other emotionally, it's this like give and take, y'know," she explained. "And it does feel very much like a boxing match. Sometimes one person's winning, sometimes another person's winning, but they're both tired and they don't want to be hurting each other, but they feel like they have to."