When Katy Perry’s new single “Part of Me” was premiered at the 2012 Grammys, with its breakup-detailing lyrics (including lines such as “you can keep the diamond ring”), America had no choice but to surmise that the song had been written by Katy earlier that week about her recent divorce from celebrity husband Russell Brand. Nay, says Katy—the song is way older than her breakup. “I wrote it two years ago, which is funny because everybody is like ‘God, it sounds so current,’” Katy tells MTV News. “I wrote it two years ago when I was writing and recording Teenage Dream, [but] it didn’t feel right on the record.”
OK, Katy, but you have to admit that the timing’s a little funny to be releasing this song now, right? “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Am I living in The Truman Show?‘…It just feels like sometimes I’m caught in this movie where my life is paralleling my music!” the pop star indeed acknowledges. “It seems very serendipitous, but, as un-fun as it sounds, I prepare everything. I’m overly prepared and kind of a control freak in the best of ways.” All right, so why not lie and pretend that the song was All Russell Everything? “Some people that I work with were like, ‘You should just say you wrote it a couple of weeks ago,’” divulges Perry. “I’m like, ‘I’m not a d—, I’m going to tell the truth.” Ah right, integrity. Bummer.
All right, we already knew that the song wasn’t written for Russell. Still, that doesn’t mean that for all intents and purposes, it isn’t about Russell. We doubt she’s imagining Travie McCoy when she’s performing the song, anyway.