Katy Perry garnered mixed emotions last week when she smooched American Idol contestant Benjamin Glaze, who was waiting to be in a relationship before he had his first kiss. Now, Perry’s fellow judge on the singing competition, Luke Bryan, is defending her move.
While 20-year-old Glaze did note on Instagram that he did not feel sexually harassed, Bryan discussed on The Morning Show that the story was over exaggerated. “It’s unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big,” he said. “I watched an actual interview where Ben, the kid that was involved, said that he was cool with everything.”
Hi everyone, I would like to clear a few things up for anyone who is confused, concerned, or angry. I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all, doing a few news reports and being interviewed by many different reporters has caused some major questions. The way certain articles are worded is not done by me, and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation. I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol. The main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist. I do wish I would have performed better in the moment. I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss. I should have been able to perform under pressure. I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques. I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it. My main goal is to reach people through the universal love of music and not cause strife or anger against anyone or about any situation! Please take into consideration that I don’t believe my views have been appropriately communicated through the media! Thank you to everyone who has followed me in this journey and I hope I answered a few questions. . . . . #americanidol #katyperry #music
The kiss happened during Glaze’s audition, where he admitted he had never “Kissed a Girl,” in reference to Perry’s hit song. The songstress then motioned him over and snuck a peck on the lips.
The country crooner expressed that criticism is an unfortunate part of the job: I may say something one day that everybody’s not going to like. That’s just what you signed up for. At the end of the day, me and Lionel and Katy and Ryan, our hearts are in the right place.”
Watch Bryan’s full interview below.
— The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) March 19, 2018