Sofie Dossi never considered him her boyfriend. In fact, the TikTok influencer and YouTube star still can’t put a specific title on the guy who ultimately inspired her brand new single “Bunny.”
But whoever he was, he definitely broke her heart.
“I’m pretty sure he knows the song is about him,” Dossi, 21, told PEOPLE in a recent interview. “I was at a friend’s house and he came in when I was playing my new song for everyone. His face went a little white when he first heard it. He saved me the rest of the night.”
Dossi shrugs and flashes the smile the world first fell in love with when she appeared as a contortionist in season 11 of America has talent. Having seen his career skyrocket over the years thanks to millions of devoted online followers, Dossi is now in the process of adding music to his already impressive repertoire.
“Music has always been my passion,” she says. “My brother (music producer Zak Dossi) and I have been playing the piano since we were very young. I played the piano every day.”
Homeschooled from a young age, Dossi was primarily raised on classical music until her teenage years, when she lit up The voice and happened upon a singer named Melanie Martinez.
“She’s actually really popular now,” Dossi says of the young singer-songwriter. “She’s the first artist I started listening to was not classical music. I just fell in love with his voice and slowly started getting into more pop music and really fell in love with it.”
And it’s that love that has now enveloped the California native’s heart and soul, leading her to release her exuberant debut single “Bunny.”
“‘Bunny’ obviously refers to a guy, not an actual bunny,” Dossi says with an innocent laugh. “It’s basically about a heartbreak that I went through that really hurt me. The song basically explains all the emotions that I went through. Part of me was like, I love this person, but he hurt me so much that I didn’t really want to kill him, but I wanted kill him in my mind. I didn’t want him to exist in my mind anymore.”
These kind of strong thoughts and feelings started coming out of Dossi a few years ago, around the same time his brother started experimenting more and more with music production.
“We started doing a bunch of different songs and we both fell in love with the music, and it’s been a part of my life for a while,” she says. “People just don’t know because for me it was a hobby. If I don’t like doing my contortion stuff and YouTube, I do music.”
And while Dossi’s new single “Bunny” shows the side of pop music, it also demonstrates the deep depths she comes from not just as an artist, but as a songwriter.
“I was just thinking of a creative way to write about how this guy broke my heart, but I wanted it to be very creative and unique,” she says.
As unique as the song “Bunny” is, so is the music video, in which Dossi gets up close and personal with a very long, gnarled snake.
“Yeah, it was real,” she intercepts. “It was my brother’s idea.”
Indeed, Zak Dossi remains a central part of Dossi’s story both on and off screen. Having produced the entire music video while directing and as songwriter on “Bunny”, he is also best friends with Dossi.
“We tell each other everything,” she says. “It makes it so much easier to write music because you don’t have to explain the whole story to someone. He knows because he saw what I went through. I was really sad at one point, and the music helped me through it. Just writing about it became like my own therapy. It was therapeutic for me.”
In fact, Dossi says she hopes to bring these therapeutic tendencies to the stage with a live show that she hopes can combine her love of music with her ongoing love of contortionism.
“I feel like it’s something that someone really hasn’t seen together,” she explains. “I trained because you know it’s a lot harder to bend over and sing. I’m working on improving it a bit because when you’re in contortion poses and things like that, you have less air and lung space.” She laughs. “Because you’re doubled over!”
She smiles when asked if she may have found new love.
“I’m happy,” protested Dossi. “I have great people around me. I just like to keep my relationship statuses and stuff offline. But yeah, I’m very happy.”