Zolita has delivered the sapphic romantic comedy of our dreams, and it comes in the form of a trilogy of music videos.
The latest of these videos, "I F*cking Love You," is out now, and it certifiably rules. It's a true pop banger, the kind that you'll love to shout at the top of your lungs when you sing along at a concert. It's also the perfect ending to her recent trilogy of sapphic bops.
"The Trilogy," as she simply calls it, started with "Somebody I F*cked Once," a pop-punk infused single set in the halls of high school where cheerleader Zolita fell in love with a bad girl named Gia (played by Tatchi Ringsby, who was originally one of Zolita's sister's friends IRL). Next, we saw "Single in September," where the girls graduated and broke up. Now, it all comes full circle.
In the new video, it's five years later, and Zolita is a big pop star doing her usual photoshoots when she sees a familiar face. One of the photographers is her ex, the one that got away, Gia! After years of will-they-won't-they, we finally get the satisfying reunion we've been dying for.
Zolita talked to us about the new song and The Trilogy of videos.
"'Somebody I F*cked Once,' that was the first video, and I had always wanted to do a high school video that kind of played on the classic rom-com tropes that I grew up with, but make it gay," she says. "And when I put that up, and that obviously went crazy, it went viral, and everybody was really connecting to it."
"I realized that I wanted to expand upon the story," she continues. "Especially because I feel like there's such a lack of girl-on-girl storylines with happy endings."
So she decided to write and direct her own. "I think it kind of serves two purposes," she says. "It both presents a familiar narrative structure to people that may not be as accepting, so hopefully can change people's hearts and minds, but also it's really healing for queer people to see the classic storylines that they grew up with, but in a queer way."
Zolita says that as soon as she saw the chemistry that she and Ringsby had on screen, she knew she wanted them back for more.
"We just had such an insane, natural chemistry together," she says. "And then obviously the second one even more so because we had been hanging out so much and had been able to build off of the excitement of the first one. They're just such an incredible collaborator and such an amazing, truly my favorite person that I've ever worked with on a video."
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The singer says that indulging in a lesbian rom-com, especially one with a happy ending, was one of the best parts about writing these songs and filming the videos.
"I feel like right now, especially just in the world, people want things that feel good and that are positive. And I think I just didn't grow up seeing a lot of happy endings for queer women. You even see with the Killing Eve ending how, just again, playing into the classic trope of 'kill your gays.' So I wanted to do the opposite and wanted to give people a sense of hope," she says.
It was also healing for her personally, as she had recently had a falling out with her first love, the person The Trilogy is loosely based on. But don't worry, her new music is going to be more upbeat, as other things are looking up for her.
"I'm calling it my happy era because I'm feeling a little bit in love right now, so I only write happy songs, and it feels really good," she says.
To see the beginning of her "happy era," check out the music video for "I F*cking Love You" below.
If you, like us, can't get enough of Zolita, she'll be performing on the main stage at Los Angeles Pride in the Park this year on June 11, and she's got big things in store for fans. She says she'll play with a full band, and of course, perform The Trilogy songs.
Also, fans should look forward to hearing "some new songs off the EP," she says. "I'm going to do a stripped back song that I think, it's truly one of my favorite songs that I've ever written, and I think that everybody's going to freak out over it. And then definitely a really fun queer cover that I think people will love!"
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