Miller Mobley for BillboardOn the eve of her Super Bowl halftime performance, Katy Perry graces the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine. Inside, she talks about the Super Bowl gig, as well as her alleged "feud" with Taylor Swift and the status of her love life.
There have been plenty of rumors that Katy would use her Super Bowl set to "get back" or "diss" Taylor, following Taylor's comments to Rolling Stone about a certain female star who tried to "sabotage entire arena tour." Many assumed Taylor was talking about Katy, and their assumptions seemed to be confirmed when, the next day, Katy tweeted the Mean Girls reference, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing." Speaking to Billboard now, though, Katy doesn't offer any more clues, but will only say, "If somebody is trying to defame my character, you're going to hear about it."
As for her current romantic status, Katy is thought to have rekindled her relationship with John Mayer, whom she's dated on and off since 2012. According to Billboard, Katy wasn't happy with the question. She tells the magazine, "What I will say is that to have any relationship at this level you have to just be protective and figure out how to navigate it. There is no handbook." She adds, "In all my relationships, I've learned how I have to be more careful and that it's not up for public consumption."
But enough about that -- what about the Super Bowl? Katy says unlike many artists who use a halftime performance to set up a tour or album release, "There isn't any selling point going up the day after. I'm just selling my music to the broadest, widest audience ever."
The magazine has details of what Katy has been doing to prepare for Sunday night's performance. One of those things is wearing the same exact outfit every day: a black Adidas track suit with white stripes and matching slippers. She explains, "I'm just not playing the picture game. If I wear the same thing every day, the pictures don't sell."
Regarding her performance, Katy adds, "I want the show to be quintessential Katy. It's like the exclamation point on the whole last cycle. This is the cherry on top of everything I've already done."
You can read the entire interview over at Billboard.
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