By Rami Abou-Sabe
Only a few months after the song’s release, Perry told Steppin’ Out magazine that the song was written about actress Scarlet Johansson. “I was with my boyfriend at the time, and I said to him, ‘I’m not going to lie, If Scarlett Johansson walked into the room and wanted to make out with me, I would make out with her. I hope you’re okay with that?’”
Just in March, Perry seemed to imply the song was based on early sexual experimentation. “Truth be told, I did more than that!” she told an audience at a Human Rights Campaign Gala. “But how was I going to reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro conversion camps?”
Now, in a recent interview with WKTU Miley has staked her claim to the song. Detailing her longstanding friendship with Perry, Cyrus revealed the supposed origins of the song in question. Here’s what she said:
Katy Perry, she’s been my friend for a long time. We were actually just realizing that next year we’ll have been friends for 10 years. I think that’s my friend that I’ve known the longest. When she came out with “I Kissed a Girl,” I was doing the Hannah Montana movie, and I heard her on the radio. They said, “Who’d you write that about?” And she said me!
I was on a four-wheeler actually, my dad—this is how hillbilly we are, we got a radio like attached to the four-wheeler. I heard it and I started screaming and freaking out, and she asked me to go the VMAs with her. That’s when I started doing my whole VMA controversy.
She took me, but my mom didn’t want me to go by myself—y’know, stranger danger—so my mom went with me in the limo with Katy Perry, and my mom didn’t really get the joke. She just thought it was cool that I got to go with Katy Perry. So, that’s how we met, and we just stayed friends.
If Miley’s version of events is accurate, then she was only 15 when the song was written about her. So, let’s just hope it’s not accurate.
Either Miley or Katy is lying, and until we track down audio of the alleged radio intro we’re gonna side with the one who penned the song.