Keiynan Lonsdale has released a lyric video for his new single “Kiss the Boy,” an anthem about celebrating queer love.
Lonsdale, 26, says he was inspired to write the song after the trailer for “Love, Simon” dropped. The actor and singer portrays Blue, the closeted teen who Simon (Nick Robinson) falls in love with online.
“The teaser for ‘Love, Simon’ had dropped on YouTube and then for some reason, I don’t know why, the song ‘Kiss the Girl’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’ popped up on my feed,” Lonsdale told Billboard. “I was like, ‘Oh, that’s so funny. I wonder if I can do a cover of that song, but change it to about a boy?’ It didn’t work, but I was thinking about the ‘Love, Simon’ trailer and I was really happy. Eventually, I got the hook, ‘If you wanna kiss the boy/ Then you better kiss the boy right now.'”
Lonsdale also could relate to the song from personal experience. He came out as attracted to both men and women on Instagram last year. However, he prefers not to label his sexuality.
“I had so much to draw off, with the movie, my own personal life and every relationship I’d been in and other people’s stories that they’d told me,” Lonsdale says.
The song will be featured on his upcoming album and he promises that more of his music will discuss LGBT themes.
“At first, I was like, ‘I don’t wanna force this kind of thing.’ But that’s my reality,” Lonsdale says.