By now you’ve heard it everywhere – Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ was the hit song of the summer, and it was parodied by everyone from the Olympic swim team to the ladies at your mom’s beauty salon (it’s there somewhere on YouTube, trust me.)
But just who was the 26-year-old thinking about when she sang, “Ripped jeans, skin was showin” and then handed over her number? If you guessed her current boyfriend – singer-songwriter Matthew Koma – you’d be wrong. Carly recently talked to Glamour magazine and gave them the real scoop on the object of her affection (and what she really thought of all those ‘Call Me Maybe’ imitations.)
Turns out the inspiration for the song was a friend of her producer’s who she met during a fashion crisis. “I was nominated for songwriter of the year in Canada, at the Juno Awards, and I went with my father so he could help me walk down the red carpet in my four-and-a-half-inch heels,” she says. “At the last second he got stage fright. So my producer offered up his friend Jordi Ashworth to be my arm support while I walked in these crazy shoes. (She and Jordi have since split.)
Carly also told the magazine that she was truly flattered by all of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ parody videos that surfaced after her catchy song hit the airwaves. But one in particular stood out. “Yes. I remember seeing the YouTube spoof with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale and thinking, That looks a lot like Justin Bieber—oh my gosh, that is him!”
To read more of Carly’s interview, go to Glamour.com.