Miley Cyrus has been slowly releasing tracks from Younger Now, on Instagram. While 2015’s Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz had her first overtly queer song, “Bang Me Box,” a song on the new record appears to be about a woman’s inability to fall for another girl while still in love with her ex-boyfriend.
“She’s not him/No matter what you say/no matter what you do/I just can’t fall in love with you/cuz you…” Cyrus sings in a 15-second clip released on social media yesterday.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) September 19, 2017
Fans are speculating the track was inspired by the pansexual pop star’s short-lived romance with model Stella Maxwell, whom she dated not long after splitting from Liam Hemsworth. (Cyrus and Hemsworth have since reportedly reconciled.)
Without hearing the full version, it’s hard to decipher if “She’s Not Him” is about Maxwell—or if it’s suggesting the love interest’s gender factors into the equation. But based on Cyrus’ comments about her sexuality and gender fluidity, its’ more likely the girl she’s singing about just couldn’t compare because “he” is The One.
It’s all-too-rare for a pop song to delve into relationships with both men and women—especially one holding them in equal regard—so I’m hopeful “She’s Not Him” will serve as an example as to how to craft a bisexual love song without playing it like the same-sex relationship was a phase or cool for the summer.
We’ll have to wait to hear how it plays out until Younger Now drops, on September 29.