Sources: Daily Mail | Edited By – All Things Michael
Evan Ross added a splash of star power to promote his new music video How To Live Alone.
The budding actor and singer recruited his mother, Diana Ross, and his wife, Ashlee Simpson, to appear in blink-of-the-eye scenes set to a sobering love song that reflects his new life.
‘The whole album I’m doing right now has to do with love,’ Evan told People on its debut Friday. ‘I just got married and that whole thing, and it definitely has to do with that and where I’m at in life.’
The music video, shot in black and white with lyrics flashing in gold, sees the 26-year-old looking mostly forlorn as he croons about his 30-year-old wife, saying that he cannot imagine a life without her.
‘If it’s not you, it will be no one. I’ll just learn how to live alone,’ is the song’s chorus.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay star, who married the sister of Jessica Simpson in August, drops other comments about his wife’s hair, eyes and lips.
It begins with Evan walking through a hallway as he heads toward a studio to record music. Various clips show him in loose tops, hats and brief moments where he flashes a smile.
Evan pays an obvious nod to Michael Jackson in a scene where he dons a sequinned jacket and the camera pans to capture what looks like a few seconds of him performing the King Of Pop’s Moonwalk dance.
And then there are other motifs throughout the video that are seemingly inspired by MJ, including moves like neck snapping, fedora tilting and palm-out hand jabs.
While the song mostly speaks of his wife, she only makes a camera-shy appearance that shows her filmed from behind wearing a black sequinned top as she gives her husband a casual hug.
Adding further confusion, she wears a dark fuzzy bucket hat that could easily be mistaken for hair, but her blonde locks can be faintly spotted on her shoulder and is the only way to identify her, as her face is never seen.
The reunion lasts a blink of an eye and his mother follows soon after.
The Supremes diva’s time on screen is also cut short, but the video shows her shaking her head and smiling as her son mimes the song’s lyrics—while the recording studio serves as the backdrop.
Evan told People that his ‘perfectionist’ mother would often listen to his album in its infancy and offer her critiques, which possibly inspired the scene.
The 70-year-old made sure not to outshine her son as she scaled back the glamour in a casual black knit cardigan, black blouse and had her face partially obscured by her curls.
The video ends with Evan walking on a sidewalk with a cityscape as his backdrop.
As the son of a music legend, there are certainly high expectations, but Evan remains undaunted by doubters.
He told People: ‘A lot of people are like, “That’s Diana’s son, what is he going to do?” There’s always been a lot of pressure,’ he said, adding, ‘But at the same time, you’ve got to do your own thing.’
Evan credits his mom for being supportive by listening in on his studio session and said his Pieces Of Me singer wife often bond by singing together.
‘Ashlee enjoys my singing, at least most of the time,’ he said.
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