Is Katy Perry Taking More Swipes at 'Sweetheart' Taylor Swift?
By Meredith B. Kile
Katy Perry is name-dropping Taylor Swift again, this time for the March issue of Elle Magazine. The 30-year-old pop star graces the magazine's cover, and explains how the roles of the pop world can sometimes feel like a soap opera.
"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," she says. "And the media uses that. As pop figures, we're all characters. Who is the sweetheart, who is the villain? You know. Taylor's the sweetheart. Kanye's the villain. That's the narrative."
Katy would likely agree that in the pop/soap world, Beyonce would be cast as queen. Perry may have performed on the same Super Bowl stage as the "Drunk in Love" diva, but that doesn’t mean she’s not still a fangirl.
"Oh my God. I'm such a big Beyoncé fan," she gushed, referencing the somber, introspective "Yours and Mine" video the singer released at the end of 2014 (contextual link). "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."
Echoing Beyonce’s "Yours and Mine" sentiment that "When you're famous, no one looks at you as a human anymore," the "Roar" singer admits that the being a pop star is harder than she dreamed it would be. She also drops a not-so-veiled reference to stars who have struggled with the pressures of fame (ahem, Britney Spears).
"It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was nine," she told the magazine. "You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you see people shaving their f*cking heads."
The pop star handled the pressures of the Super Bowl halftime show flawlessly, delivering a show-stopping performance that set off fireworks in the social media universe. See how Katy got ready for the big game in the video below.