The debut of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” at the recent Grammy Awards- with the lyrics “keep the diamond ring, it don’t mean nothing anyway- in fact, you can keep everything, except for me” sounded pointedly like exactly what a young woman might say post-divorce, but Katy Perry says that the song far pre-dates her split with actor and comedian Russell Brand.
The couple split late last year after what seemed to be a relatively happy coupling, and the song would be perfectly timed in that regard as a post-breakup ditty- but “Part of Me” first “surfaced” in 2010, just weeks after the Perry/Brand wedding, according to MTV. The music video channel say down with the recently singly Perry- who has yet to address her split with Brand- and the singer addressed the rumors that the song was about her soon-to-be ex-husband:
“I wrote it two years ago, which is funny because everybody is like ‘God, it sounds so current,’ …And some people that I work with were like ‘You should just say you wrote it a couple of weeks ago.’ I’m like ‘I’m not a dick, I’m going to tell the truth.’ I wrote it two years ago when I was writing and recording Teenage Dream, [but] it didn’t feel right on the record. I would’ve had to take out one of my other songs that [made the album] a nice, complete package.”
Perry acknowledges, though, that the song certainly sounds like it could totally be about a split from her famous ex, and that it has amused her. She also says that she didn’t know when it would be the right time to release the song, considering its insinuations:
“I always planned to put it out in the spring of this year, to possibly perform it at a big [awards show], but sometimes I’m like, ‘Am I living in ‘The Truman Show?’ … what’s going on?’…Because I sit down and I write all these songs at once, all these emotions and feelings and thoughts, and then, like, it just feels like sometimes I’m caught in this movie where my life is paralleling my music! It seems very serendipitous, but, as un-fun as it sounds, I prepare everything.“
You can watch Perry’s MTV interview here: