“I wrote it two years ago, which is funny because everybody is like ‘God, it sounds so current,’ ” the pop star, 27, who unveiled the song at this year’s Grammy Awards, tells MTV News.
The song is full of jabs and barbs – the lines “You can keep the diamond ring/It don’t mean nothing anyway” seemed particularly apt – but Perry isn’t going to lie about the timing of it.
“Some people that I work with were like, ‘You should just say you wrote it a couple of weeks ago,’ ” she says. “I’m like, ‘I’m not a d—, 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.”
Still, Perry admits it’s a little odd that she wrote such a withering song, and then ended up releasing it now.
“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Am I living in The Truman Show?‘ … What’s going on?’ ” she says. “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. I’m overly prepared and kind of a control freak in the best of ways.”