No, Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ Is Not About Russell Brand

TL;DR:

  • Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” was not about Russell Brand.
  • Perry did not want to lie about the origin of the song.
  • Perry compared her life to a popular movie starring Jim Carrey.
Russell Brand standing next to "Part of Me" singer Katy Perry
Russell Brand and Katy Perry | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

While Katy Perry released “Part of Me” after her divorce from Russell Brand, she said the song was not about him. The “California Gurls” singer explained why she initially excluded the song from one of her albums. Subsequently, she compared her life to a popular 1990s movie.

Why Katy Perry didn’t want to lie about the origin of ‘Part of Me’

Perry and Brand divorced in 2012. Subsequently, Perry released a song called “Part of Me.” The song is about a breakup. Perry revealed the song wasn’t about Brand.

“I wrote it two years ago, which is funny because everybody is like ‘God, it sounds so current,'” she told MTV News in 2012. “And some people that I work with were like ‘You should just say you wrote it a couple of weeks ago.’ 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.”

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Katy Perry compared her life to ‘The Truman Show’ starring Jim Carrey

Perry discussed when she intended to release “Part of Me.” “I always planned to put it out in the spring of this year, to possibly perform it at a big [awards show], but sometimes I’m like, ‘Am I living in The Truman Show? … what’s going on?'” she said. The Truman Show is about a character who unknowingly lives in a 24/7 reality show.

Perry explained why she compared her life to The Truman Show. “Because I sit down and I write all these songs at once, all these emotions and feelings and thoughts, and then, like, it just feels like sometimes I’m caught in this movie where my life is paralleling my music!” she revealed.

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How ‘Part of Me’ preformed on the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom

“Part of Me” became a huge hit. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. It stayed on the chart for 22 weeks in total. “Part of Me” appeared on some editions of the album Teenage Dream. The album topped the Billboard 200 for a single week, remaining on the chart for 281 weeks altogether.

According to The Official Charts Company, “Part of Me” was similarly popular in Brand’s native United Kingdom. It peaked at No. 1 for one of its 20 weeks on the chart. Meanwhile, Teenage Dream was No. 1 for one of its 234 weeks on the chart.

“Part of Me” was a huge hit even if some fans misinterpreted it.

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