“Call Me Maybe” has gone viral, and could be the song of the summer. It’s gone gay-viral too, with an alarming number of lip-dub videos (some of which don’t seem to know the lyrics).

People might do well to realize the budding pop sensation behind it, though: 26-year-old Canadian Idol upstart Carly Rae Jepsen, whose actual video for the song has a surprise gay twist at the end—and a ridiculously hot model throughout.

Time magazine’s Dan Macsai chatted with her about the gay twist and her love of the LGBTs:

In the “Call Me Maybe” music video, the boy-next-door you’re chasing ultimately gives his number to another guy. Why’d you make that choice?
I’d love to take credit, but it was totally my director’s idea. We both knew we wanted the ending to be fun and unpredictable, and when I read that idea, I loved it. It just seemed so perfect.
It also won over a lot of fans at a time when gay rights are a white-hot issue in the U.S. Do you support same-sex marriage?
You know, acceptance has never even been a question to me. I’ve grown up knowing it’s just the way things should be. When we shot the “Call Me Maybe” video, we weren’t even thinking the ending was not normal. I have so many gay friends that I love. It’s a regular thing. And if my video is encouraging that mind frame with other children and other people—well, it’s about time, I guess!
Another celebrity ally in our pocket, huh. What do you think—Is Carly a new gay fave? Or are you waiting until she performs at Vancouver Pride to give her that honor?

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