Katy Perry Says She Once Refused to Work With Billie Eilish Because She Was ‘Boring’
Can you imagine calling Billy Eilish boring? Katy Perry doesn’t have to.
On January 27, radio station 102.7 KIIS FM shared a clip of Perry telling the story of the first time she heard Eilish—and the moment she declined to work with the now Grammy-winning artist.
In the story, Perry reveals that she was once sent an email suggesting she check out a “new artist” that someone from her team wanted the “Roar” singer to collaborate with. “It was a song called ‘Ocean Eyes,’ and it was just a blonde girl,” Perry explained in the TikTok video. “And I was like, ‘Meh, boring.’”
Boring, she says! In case you forgot, Eilish first released “Ocean Eyes” in 2015 when she was around 13 years old. Since that fateful November, Eilish has won seven Grammys, scored a Golden Globe, broken several Billboard records, and has solidified herself as one of the biggest artists in the world. After winning the Oscar for best original song in 2022, the 21-year-old is only one step away from EGOT status.
“Big mistake. Huge mistake,” Perry admitted before adding, “Don’t let this hit the Internet.”
Of course, Katy Perry went on to offer a listening ear to Billie Eilish when the pair met at Coachella in 2019. “Congrats, I’m so proud of you,” Perry told Eilish in footage shared in the 2021 documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry. “I wanted to say, this is going to be wild for 10 years. If you ever wanna talk… ’cause it’s a weird ride.”
Perry also introduced Eilish to then-fiancé Orlando Bloom, who is a big fan of the young artist’s music…only Eilish had no idea who he was until her brother Finneas told her he was from “fucking Pirates of the Caribbean.”
“That guy?! That was him?!” Eilish responded. “No way! Bring him back. I want to meet him again. He kissed me on the cheek. I did not know that was him. I thought that was just some dude Katy Perry met.”
See? Everybody makes mistakes.
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