Katy Perry revealed the inspiration behind her hit “The One That Got Away”, and we are just as shocked as you are. According to the hitmaker, Perry revealed that singer Josh Groban is the reason behind her 2011 hit.
The singer discussed the news with talk show host James Corden a year ago while Perry was promoting her album, Witness, claiming Groban was the inspiration behind the song. Perry mentioned to James how Groban is “one of my good friends”, but they weren’t always friends! Josh stopped by Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live recently, and was caught off guard when a guest caller phoned in asking Josh on his thoughts regarding Katy’s claims of him being behind the song this whole time.
Josh told host Andy and fellow guest, Queen Latifah how the two did in fact date a few years back. “We did [date]”, Groban told Cohen in response to the call, claiming he was surprised to find out the song was actually about him. Host Andy Cohen question Josh on why no one had known the two’s past relationship, and it turns out they kept things on the down low. “We were both very private, and so we realized we were better as friends”, Groban said.
Although their relationship didn’t work out, Josh insists the two are still very friendly and remain amicable to this day. “We’ve been very good friends to this day. She’s the best”, Josh said. As close as the two may be, Josh was “not expecting that”, when he found out the loving lyrics are about him. Josh was not only stunned to find out the news, but he mentioned he was confused regarding the lyrics.
If you’ve ever heard the song before, you know Katy is singing about a love interest she feels got away. Although the lyrics are cute, Groban said they didn’t add up. “Are you sure that’s about me?” Groban said, after realizing much of the lyrics including: “We make-out in your Mustang to Radiohead / And on my 18th birthday, we got matching tattoos”. The star revealed he’s never owned a Mustang nor does he have any tattoos. Hmm, interesting.
Although he was confused, the star made it clear he was very “flattered” by the song. We still don’t know how to feel about this, but we can definitely see why Josh Groban is worth writing a song over.