If you don't know who Hayley Kiyoko is, you probably will soon. After kicking off her first (and nearly sold out) nationwide headlining tour today, the singer went ahead and dropped her new single "Sleepover" as well — complete with a music video that she directed herself.
With previous singles like "Girls Like Girls" and "Gravel to Tempo," a song about having crushes on girls in high school, the 25-year-old has already established herself as an artist unafraid to provide young queer women with tangible representation through her work.
The "Sleepover" video, premiering exclusively on BuzzFeed, was inspired by the artist's own personal experiences with the agony that comes along with an unrequited crush. Frankly, it's so relatable it hurts.
The video opens with Kiyoko's crush, played by Christina Santini, hanging out, dancing, and even having a steamy makeout session with Kiyoko in her bedroom.
But it soon becomes clear that all these little moments are simply daydreams playing out inside the singer's head.
The scenes then continue to flip back and forth between fantasy and reality.
"Having these fantasies of liking girls and not knowing if they liked me back — I think everyone can relate to that longing, yearning feeling," Kiyoko said.
She also released a personal note earlier today addressed to her fans explaining how her own experiences inspired the scenes for the video.
"The music video for 'Sleepover' is not a concept or an idea for me. It is my life," she explains:
I've never truly believed that sexuality defines who you are. I do believe, though, that sexuality helps shape and build who you become. How you act, what you pursue, who you surround yourself with. This music video for "Sleepover" is not a concept or an idea for me. It is my life. It defines a part of who I am today. I grew up a dreamer and found comfort through a safe haven in my head. It's where I was able to find self-love and feel validated. This music video validates those feelings for me, even if in those moments the girl I fell for was unavailable. I made this video to help validate those fantasies. To create a space for the lovers, dreamers and seekers. Falling in love can be a bittersweet feeling, especially if you know it'll never be reciprocated. I think we can all relate to that.
"Falling in love can be a bittersweet feeling, especially if you know it'll never be reciprocated. I think we can all relate to that," she concludes.