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Cassadee Pope Says She Begged Her Boyfriend to Be in ‘Summer’ Video

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Cassadee Pope released the steamy music video for her single “Summer” earlier this year and it has the singer getting very cozy with a male actor in the clip. In an interview with her record label Big Machine Label Group, Pope says she originally envisioned the video to include her boyfriend Rian Dawson, who is a drummer for All Time Low.

“I actually begged him to be in the video,” she says. “But he’s first of all, is an amazing, amazing supporter of mine, and he has been since the beginning, since six-and-a-half years ago before The Voice, before everything. And he was just like, ‘I’m not an actor. I want you to get the best of the best for this video. I want it to be amazing, and I don’t think I will be able to deliver that because I’m not an actor — I’m a drummer in All Time Low, that’s what I do.'”

Pope knew she wanted to go all in on the steamy video— which includes her kissing the actor several times throughout— and her boyfriend was very supportive.

“So I told him, I said, ‘Well, I really want to go for it in this, are you comfortable with that?'” she says. “And he said, ‘One hundred percent. I want you to win an award for this video or awards for this video. Obviously, I want you to go for it.’ So, he’s been nothing but supportive, and he tweeted about it and called Sam a stud. So, if that tells you anything about him, he’s very, very supportive all around.”

Pope’s Summer EP is out now.

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