Watch Selena Gomez Break Down Her Song 'Boyfriend' in 'Beat x Beat' Video

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Selena Gomez attends the 2020 Hollywood Beauty Awards at The Taglyan Complex on Feb. 6, 2020 in Los Angeles.

"It wasn't really any sort of inspiration other than, 'all right, let have fun,'" Selena Gomez explains at the beginning of her deep-dive into the making of the Rare song "Boyfriend" in the latest Beats by Dre series Beat x Beat: Inside Out.

Joined by two of the song's co-writers, Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, and producers The Roommates -- via FaceTime, of course -- Gomez describes Michaels asking her what mood she was going for that day.

Gomez's response was simple, and brutally honest: "I don't know, I want a boyfriend." Tranter says that text message lit a spark and the song just started rolling out, with Selena describing the vibe they were going after as simple, but definitely with a head-bopping beat. Tranter was going for "minimal, cool and sexy" on the choruses, which they all agreed should be easy and "conversational."

The Roommates crew sent over a bouncing bassline that inspired the chorus from Michaels, "I want a boyfriend/ But I keep hitting dead ends."

The video also includes some behind-the-scenes pics from the studio session, such as Tranter doing a quarantine dog walk with his mom and Gomez explaining that she was clear she didn't want it to seem like she *needed* a boyfriend, but just that she wanted one.

Luckily, the video for the track was shot a week before quarantine, at which point Selena worried that maybe the message was possibly off at a time when people were about to be locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, though, she feels like "it brought a lot of people joy."

Check out the breakdown below.


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