UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Ashlee Simpson's new single includes the chorus "I didn't steal your boyfriend," but she claims it's not directed at Lindsay Lohan, as tabloid readers might assume.
(Simpson allegedly wooed actor Wilmer Valderrama away from Lohan.)
"It's not about one person in particular, it's just something every girl can relate to," Simpson said of "Boyfriend" at Sunday's 2005 Teen Choice Awards (see " 'Napoleon Dynamite,' Kelly Clarkson Win Big At Teen Choice Awards"). "It's a song about [how] every girl out there sometimes thinks you stole her boyfriend. It's just making fun of that."
Ashlee was originally planning to release the girl anthem "L.O.V.E." as the first single, but recently changed her mind, just as she did with the title of the album, due October 18. Instead of In Another Life, it's now called I Am Me, a more accurate reflection of the personal lyrics on the album.
"I've been through a lot this year, and with my records I always think it's really important to just put your whole self out there and I feel like it definitely has that element," Simpson said.
As her father/manager, Joe Simpson, recently revealed (see "Ashlee Remembers 'SNL' Incident But Forgets Boys On New LP"), the lyrics even deal with Ashlee's experience lip-synching disaster on "Saturday Night Live."
"I learned a lot [from that]," Simpson said. "There was a moment where I felt really broken and didn't know what to do with myself, and I wrote a song about picking yourself back up and it's OK because we all fall on our face. And I'm really happy with the song. It's called 'Beautifully Broken.' "
Ashlee is currently discussing video ideas for "Boyfriend" with director Marc Webb, whose dozen videos this year alone include My Chemical Romance's "Helena" and Hilary Duff's "Wake Up" and Hot Hot Heat's "Middle of Nowhere." She's also planning a fall tour to promote I Am Me.
"Me and my band have been rehearsing so I'm really excited," she said.