Every once in a while, a female pop star will come out of nowhere with a hit song all about self-love. The media is quick to assume it's about physical self-love, as in, like, masturbation. Actress-turned-singer Hailee Steinfeld has been dealing with this ever since she dropped the absolute banger "Love Myself."
In an interview with Noisey, the 18-year-old starlet addressed the rumors once and for all.
Here's the key part of the exchange:
Noisey: With lyrics like "Pictures in my mind on replay / I'm gonna touch the pain away," you must have known some people would interpret the song as, well, a pro-masturbation banger.
Steinfeld: Yeah, of course!
Noisey: How did you prepare yourself for that awkward question?
Steinfeld: Um… I didn't! Honestly, I think most songs are subject to the listeners’ interpretation, and that's absolutely the case with this song. I think for me the song just has a really strong self-empowerment message, and whether you take that as something physical or not, it basically means the same thing. It's about being able to provide for yourself and knowing how much power there is in that.
Noisey: The top you wear in the video says "self service," so you're clearly having fun with it.
Steinfeld: Oh, for sure. I was obviously a little overwhelmed with this being my first ever music video, but when me and the director sat down to talk about concepts, it came down to, like, I just want to have fun with this. It turned into me and a couple of friends and some other people I'd met that day basically just being ourselves and goofing around on a street corner in downtown Los Angeles. We knew that people were going to stop and look and judge or whatever, but knowing that we were having a good time was what got us through it. That was basically the whole idea behind the video.