Dove Cameron reveals her label wanted to rename "Boyfriend" to "Gentleman"

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Dove Cameron isn't bothered "Boyfriend" is a popular song title -- Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande both have songs of the same name -- but her label was.

Speaking to Los Angeles Times, Dove said, "There was actually a point when my label was asking me to consider naming it 'Gentleman.'"

"I really wanted to call it 'Boyfriend' because I'm very aware -- painfully aware -- of the sort of concoction of who I am in the public eye. And that [concoction] is such a far cry from who I am," she continued. "Arriving at the person I am now, I'm relaxing into the freedom to poke fun at who people think I am."

Dove noted, "It's almost like I'm roasting myself in so much of the stuff I create. 'Boyfriend' being such a misleading title helps me acknowledge where I was and who I am now."

The Descendants star also spoke about how much her singing voice has changed since her Disney days.

"I was born a coloratura [a type of operatic soprano], but it's so hard to live that way ... You have to prioritize your voice above everything else," she explained. Of meeting Kristin Chenoweth and learning how the Broadway legend preserves her voice, Dove said, "There's no way I can do that and still do everything else I want to do."

"And so my voice accrued damage. I spoke more, I sang more, I was working more -- seven days a week, 18-hour days. And when you do that, your voice just gets raspier. Then I began to lean into that over the course of a few years in the recording studio," she said, adding, "I do think that my voice developing in the way it did is a reflection of a lot of pain in my life."

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 3:30PM by Megan Stone Permalink