Appearing on The Howard Stern Show, the musician revealed the queer anthem was about a famous woman they once had a fling with


The year is 2015. Demi Lovato’s hit track, Cool For The Summer, was released and caused a stir within the LGBTQIA community for the lyrics “Got a taste for the cherry, I just need to take a bite / Don’t tell your mother / Kiss one another / Die for each other / We’re cool for the summer.” While the singer has since come out as pansexual and non-binary, at the time of the song’s release, they had not yet cone out – but the song was immediately hailed as a bisexual anthem.

Demi (who uses they and she pronouns), recently appeared on The Howard Stern Show, and shed some light on the inspiration behind the song. She revealed that the single was about a fling she once had a famous woman.

“I actually released [the song] before I came out as bisexual, at the time,” Demi says.

Howard then asks if their management encouraged the star to not come out as bisexual, Demi denied this saying: “I just grew up in a Christian home and was kind of traumatised in that area, and didn’t want to come out.”

Demi was then asked if she ever told the woman who inspired the song, that the track was about her, Demi smiled as they said, “No.” Howard then pushes further, saying “It’s not someone famous, right?” To which the musician laughs, saying, “What if she is?” When Howard continues: “I’m curious, is she?” Demi confirms nodding and saying “Yes.”

This compels Howard to ask why she doesn’t tell the mystery celebrity woman to which Demi says, “I’m in a relationship now, and I feel that’d be inappropriate.” They go on to joke: “I missed the moment, I should have said it back then.”

Like many other celebrities, there has been a lot of speculation about Demi’s love life over the years. And the comment section of the video is full of people letting their own thoughts on the mystery lover be known. Miley Cyrus, Ruby Rose, Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne, Halsey and Bella Thorne are some of the names that viewers have implied the song could be about.

But one thing’s for sure, Demi is keeping their lips sealed. So, I guess we’ll never know.


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