Katy Perry Reveals The Truth Behind "I Kissed A Girl"

by Jordana Lipsitz
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Chances are, as soon as you read the title of Katy Perry's hit 2008 song, "I Kissed A Girl," in the headline of this article, you immediately began humming the tune. It's a song we are all familiar with, and it's as catchy as anything, but the backstory behind the song has always been unknown... until now. At the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala, where the singer-songwriter accepted the National Equality Award, Perry opened up about the truth behind "I Kissed A Girl," revealing, "Truth be told, [I] did more than that!"

Back around 2008, the singer told The New Gay that she had never actually kissed a girl, but could "appreciate the beauty of women" and if someone, for example Scarlett Johansson, "wanted to to kiss me I wouldn’t say no." But now, Perry is changing her tune, and it's good to see her being so open, especially at the Gala. Perry's reveal came during a speech in which she spoke about "I Kissed a Girl"'s influence on culture, and how she feels it was meant to start a conversation about sexuality. After all, "A lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to it," said Perry.

In the speech, Perry opened up about her confusion being a "gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups" and turning into a teen with a budding curiosity about sexuality. The singer explained that even when she was attempting to "pray the gay away," she also "knew that sexuality was not as black and white as this dress," referring to her outfit at the gala.

It's truly inspiring to see Perry open up about such a personal matter, as her feelings will ring true for so many other people. Her acknowledgment that part of what helped lead her to personal acceptance was meeting "free, strong, kind, and inclusive people" who "are magic because they are living their truth" is an important message, and one that we all, hopefully, can learn from.