"To some extent, maybe to a big extent, I'm kind of this guy," says Moore of his tune "I'm to Blame" being more than a little autobiographical
Kip Moore plays a briefly tuxedoed wedding singer who runs off with the groom’s bride in the new video for his single “I’m to Blame,” but the singer says he is nowhere close to saying “I do” in real life.
“I don’t have a great track record when it comes to relationships,” he admitted to PEOPLE, laughing, between takes of filming the video at VFW Post 8422 in Smyrna, Tennessee.
“I’ve been a boyfriend maybe three or four times in my whole life. I hang out here and there, but I’m kind of that person who longs for so much solo time, freedom, alone time,” he explains. “It does seem like a lot of guys my age in this business are getting married, but I’ll probably be the last bachelor standing!”
Moore, 35, says the song he wrote with Westin Davis is one of his most autobiographical.
“To some extent, maybe to a big extent, I’m kind of this guy. I feel like we live in times where everybody wants to put the blame somewhere else, nobody wants to own up to anything. I’ve never been that person,” he says. “I’ve always taken the heat when I felt like I needed to. I apologize if I’ve screwed up, and I’ll own it, and I might do it the same way the next time. I can be a bit stubborn that way. This song is a whole lot about the kind of guy I am. I wrote it to try to say exactly who I am.”
He’s also clear when it comes to the advice (or warning!) he would give his future girlfriend.
“I would tell her you need to have a lot of prayer time before you do this! You need to have a lot of patience,” he says. “I feel like I’m very kind and sweet to whoever I’m hanging out with; I’m just hard to wrangle in. One day I might call and say, ‘Hey, I forgot to tell you, I’m in Costa Rica for two weeks.’ ”
“I’ve been that way for a while. Part of that is because I’ve been a maniac in my pursuit of my music. I work tirelessly, obsessively,” Moore adds. “When I’m not playing shows, I’m writing. I’m constantly doing something for my music. That obsessiveness and my aloofness are not good for relationships. It’s a hard thing to handle. So generally I just stay away from it altogether. I’m taking my time.”
For the foreseeable future, Moore’s focus will remain on music. He is one of the performers at the ACM Party for a Cause music festival in Arlington, Texas, on April 17 and 18, preceding the 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19. Moore will also help kick off Dierks Bentley’s 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour on June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Watch the video for “I’m to Blame” above.