Katy Perry kissed an “American Idol” contestant ― and he didn’t prefer it.
Benjamin Glaze spoke to The New York Occasions about what he described because the “uncomfortable” kiss ― which occurred to be his first kiss ever ― broadcast Sunday on the season premiere of the just lately rebooted present. Glaze didn’t consent to the kiss and mentioned he would’ve refused it if Perry had requested permission.
“I needed to reserve it for my first relationship. I needed it to be particular,” Glaze, now 20, informed the Occasions.
“Would I’ve accomplished it if she mentioned, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I might have mentioned no,” he mentioned. He added that he didn’t really feel sexually harassed by Perry within the audition, which was recorded earlier.
“I do know loads of guys can be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ However for me, I used to be raised in a conservative household and I used to be uncomfortable instantly,” Glaze mentioned. “I needed my first kiss to be particular.”
The kiss occurred throughout an audition interview with Glaze by which he mentioned he appreciated assembly ladies at his job as a cashier in an electronics retailer.
“Have you ever kissed a lady and appreciated it?” “American Idol” decide and nation singer Luke Bryan requested, referencing Perry’s well-known track from 2008.
“No, I’ve by no means been in a relationship. I can’t kiss a lady with out being in a relationship,” Glaze answered, as Perry’s eyes widened and she or he exclaimed, “Actually?”
“Come right here,” Perry beckoned repeatedly as the opposite judges ― Bryan and singer Lionel Richie ― egged them on. Bryan bought out his cellphone to take photos, whereas Glaze, expressing disbelief, walked over to Perry.
“What, on the cheek?” Glaze mentioned, glancing again on the cameras earlier than he kissed the singer on her cheek.
“You didn’t even make the ‘smush’ sound,” she mentioned, directing Glaze to present her a second kiss on the cheek. When he moved in to kiss her, Perry shortly turned her head and kissed him on the lips. Glaze, shocked and smiling, fell down.
The judges cheered and high-fived.
“Did you get him?” Bryan requested Perry.
“Yeah I bought him,” she answered, smiling.
“Katy! You didn’t,” Glaze shouted with a smile on his face when he returned to his place to start out the audition. “Properly, that’s a primary.”
After the pre-taped phase aired on Sunday, Perry confronted backlash from many individuals, who argued the kiss was inappropriate, particularly within the wake of the Me Too motion. Because the Occasions identified, some folks questioned what the response would’ve been if the genders of the contestant and decide had been reversed.
The “American Idol” Twitter account shared this after the episode aired:
“This journey has simply begun, Benjamin. A kiss for good luck from @katyperry and also you’re in your approach,” the tweet mentioned.
Glaze ended up not making the lower for the present, and Perry took a number of the blame.
“I feel you had been a bit rushed and I feel that’s as a result of I sped up your BPM of the heartbeat,” the singer mentioned.
For his half, Glaze informed the Occasions he’s nonetheless ready on his first kiss, as a result of the one from Perry didn’t rely.
“It was lip contact versus a romantic state of affairs with somebody you care about. That’s what an actual first kiss is,” he mentioned.
UPDATE: March 15 ― Glaze on Wednesday night posted on Instagram a screenshot of his interview with The New York Occasions, and clarified a few of his statements in regards to the kiss.
“The best way sure articles are worded shouldn’t be accomplished by me, and my true intentions will not be precisely represented in each article you learn in regards to the state of affairs,” he wrote. “I’m not complaining in regards to the kiss, I’m very honored and grateful to have been aside of American Idol.”
He additionally repeated a few of his feedback within the Occasions article.
“I don’t assume I used to be sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I’m grateful for the judges feedback and critiques,” Glaze wrote. “I used to be uncomfortable in a way of how I’ve by no means been kissed earlier than and was not anticipating it.”