Next time maybe a heads up? In a new interview with Billboard, Katy Perry recalls getting attitude from Barbara Walters for being late to a past interview while she was dealing with her 2011 divorce from Russell Brand. The 84-year-old veteran journalist has now issued an apology to the 28-year-old singer, explaining she wasn’t aware of the situation.
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“Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy, during a time when you were obviously unhappy, and I didn’t know, I’m sorry,” Walters said on The View Monday, Sept. 30. “But you can’t always know!”
Perry did admit to Billboard that she kept Walters in the dark about her marital problems with Brand during the interview. (Though she didn’t share which exact interview it was, Perry appeared on Walter’s Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 in December of that year. Two weeks later, Brand filed for divorce after 14 months of marriage.)
“I shouldn’t have done the interview: I was playing Madison Square Garden that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed,” Perry told the magazine. “I’d prepped everyone that I was running late, but Barbara showed up at the original time anyway. When I got there, I apologized immediately, but then she said to me, ‘You know, I’ve only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?’ I was like, ‘Oh, snap! Yes, bitch!’”
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But Perry managed to laugh off the remark. “I think it’s the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me,” she told Billboard. “I just couldn’t tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, ‘Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.’”
Instead, Perry decided to lead Walters to believe that her marriage with Brand was happy. “I think that it’s lovely, so far,” she said.