Chalk it up to a very, very bad day: Katy Perry recently revealed that in the midst of the collapse of her marriage to Russell Brand, she made an enemy of iconic journalist Barbara Walters after being honored with being named one of the Most Fascinating People of 2011.
In an interview with Billboard, Perry revealed that the whole situation was a nightmare from the get-go because she was exhausted from touring and was afraid Walters would reveal that her short marriage to Russell Brand was already falling apart.
“I shouldn’t have done the interview,” Perry explained. “I was playing Madison Square Garden that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed.”
“I’d prepped everyone that I was running late, but Barbara showed up at the original time anyway,” the singer continued. “When I got there, I apologized immediately, but then she said to me, ‘You know, I’ve only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?’ I was like, ‘Oh, snap! Yes, b****!'”
“I think it’s the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me,” she continued. “I just couldn’t tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, ‘Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.'”
Brand filed for divorce just weeks after the TV special aired. Perry later revealed that the breakup left her feeling suicidal.
Now Walters feels just terrible for contributing to Perry’s stress during such a rough time, and she apologized to the pop star on The View earlier this week.
“Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy, during a time when you were obviously unhappy, and I didn’t know, I’m sorry,” she said. “But you can’t always know!”
Don’t worry about Perry, though — she and her heart have moved on with boyfriend John Mayer.