The song has amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 2, and Grand – who has no record deal – is ecstatic with the response and welcomes being hailed the first openly-gay country star.
“I would die a happy man today,” Grand said.
The video for the track cost just $7,000, and was funded by Grand himself, who maxed out his credit card to pay for it.
The video portrays a young gay man who misreads signals from an apparently straight all-American male friend.
Grand said it was inspired by his own experience, revealing: ”I was a 13-year-old boy [at camp]. One of my counsellors was warm and strong and he took an interest in me, not sexually, but as a friend, and it really moved me. I remember leaving with a horrible ache in my heart.”
Enjoy the video below:
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