Taio Cruz is not a binge drinker; he just plays one on TV.
In Cruz's playful new single, "Hangover," he croons lines like, "I got a hangover/ I got an empty cup/ Pour me some more." The accompanying music video is a rambunctious spin on the 2009 hit movie of the same name: Taio wakes up with a foggy memory, only to slowly recall the zany alcohol-fueled antics of his entourage the night before.
But the multitalented electro-pop star insists he imbibes the sauce very rarely. "I have to be honest: I really don't drink that much. I really don't. Seriously, I don't," he told MTV News.
" 'Hangover' was inspired by me being in Ibiza this year," he continued. "We had a whole week of going out and it being crazy, even though I didn't actually get drunk myself, but everyone around me was getting completely smashed. I felt like, 'We need to create an anthem for them. That would be fun.' "
Thus, the immortal lyric "I can drink until I throw up" was born.
Despite a drier-than-expected lifestyle, Cruz admitted he enjoys unleashing his inner Snooki every now and then.
"I have had the odd occasion where it's gotten a bit crazy, and it's always in Ibiza, [Spain]. For me, I think my craziest moment was in Ibiza at a bar with a couple girls on me, piggybacked whilst behind the bar making drinks. I remember that was a bit of a crazy evening," he reminisced.
The Dr. Luke-produced "Hangover" is the first single off Taio's new album, TY.O, due out in early 2012. He'll head overseas for the MTV EMA to promote his European single, the Swedish House Mafia collaboration "Troublemaker," and is also launching a line of Rokstarr watches.
In other words, Taio Cruz is far too busy to nurse any hangovers.