311 lead singer Nick Hexum was dating Nicole Scherzinger when he wrote this song. Scherzinger, who went on to fame as a member of the Pussycat Dolls, was engaged to Hexum for a while, but they broke up in 2004 and were never married (Hexum later married his wife Nikki and had two children).
Scherzinger is the likely inspiration for the song, but Hexum won't admit it. In his 2015 Songfacts interview
, he said, "There have been people who have speculated that, and I won't confirm nor deny."
Before their split, Hexum and Scherzinger recorded two duets together: "Summertime
" and "Mele Kalikimaka