Katy Perry Talks Taylor Swift: ‘Taylor’s The Sweetheart, Kanye’s The Villain’
Katy Perry is the covergirl for Elle's March 2015 issue, and after reading a few snippets from her interview, it's clear that Katy is just as unfiltered and honest as ever. From the preparation that went into her Super Bowl performance to dishing about her contemporaries like Adele and Beyonce and even a short mention of Taylor Swift (more on that later), Katy wasn't afraid to get to the core of whatever subject she was talking about.
When asked about preparing for what was, arguably, the biggest moment of her career -- aka performing at the 2015 Super Bowl -- Katy said, "In my show, I am boss daddy. I am boss mommy. They call me Boss. Everything goes through my eyes; I call all the shots, 100 percent of it. With the NFL, I have to be accountable to several levels of red tape. There are many committees I have to go through for my costumes, the budgets of my show, every interview—everything, I have to report to somebody. So I am no longer the boss; I have to relinquish that control."
She went on to talk about just what a huge amount of effort is involved in the show, saying, "We love this opportunity, but once you decide you're gonna do the Super Bowl, you're gonna have no f---ing life for six months. It is the biggest thing. Anyone that's ever done it has been scared sh---tless. You stay off the Internet for the five days afterward."
When asked about Beyonce, Katy admits that she's just like the rest of the world -- utterly and totally obsessed. She said, of one of Beyonce's videos, "I was like, 'Finallllly. Finally I see you. I don't see some propaganda version of you. I see you. I relate to who you are.'"
As for that Taylor Swift quote we mentioned earlier? Alright, so it might not be as juicy as you were hoping for, but Katy does a great job explaining the way the media sets up stars as archetypes. She said, "You've got to name someone the villain, someone the princess, someone the mom-, the dad-type—you know there always have to be characters. As pop figures, we're all characters. And the media uses that. Who is the sweetheart, who is the villain? You know. Taylor's the sweetheart. Kanye's the villain. That's the narrative."
You can check out the full interview when the issue hits newsstands on Feb. 17!
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