Katy Perry reveals ‘huge’ mistake in refusing to work with Billie Eilish

It was she who ran away.

Katy Perry has revealed her “tremendous” regret at having passed up an opportunity to work with Billie Eilish.

The “California Gurls” singer said she had the chance to collaborate with Eilish on her hit, “Ocean Eyes,” but declined after thinking the song was “boring.”

In a TikTok video posted by 102.7 KIIS FM on Friday, the 38-year-old told a group of fans at what appeared to be an intimate concert about the collaboration that could have come to life.

Perry said he received an email from someone who said, “Hey, check out this new artist. I would really like to work with her because she worked with me for Unsub [Records].”

At the time, Eilish was not a household name.

“It was a song called ‘Ocean Eyes,’ and it was just a blonde girl,” Perry candidly revealed. “And I was like, ‘Meh, boring.'”

Perry then admitted it was a “big mistake, a huge mistake” to turn down the offer, adding, “Don’t let this happen on the internet.”

“Ocean Eyes” became one of Eilish’s most popular songs to date and single-handedly propelled her to global stardom.

Since becoming a regular at the top of the charts, Eilish has won 7 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Song for ‘No Time To Die’.

"ocean eyes" was Eilish's second single and apart from her debut EP.
“Ocean Eyes” was Eilish’s second single and apart from her debut EP.
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And there is no hard feelings between the two.

Perry and Eilish are friends – as seen in her 2021 documentary, ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’.

Perry introduced the “Bad Guy” singer to her husband, actor Orlando Bloom – but Eilish had no idea who he was on first sight.

Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Billie Eilish
Perry introduced the “Bad Guy” singer to her husband, actor Orlando Bloom.

“My fiancé who doesn’t listen to modern music, he’ll only play you in the car all the time,” Perry told Eilish in the clip.

But after the couple left, Eilish disagreed over who the man was. After Eilish’s brother Finneas told her Bloom starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” she naturally started fangirling.

“That guy?! It was him?!” she says. “Certainly not! Bring him back. I want to meet him again. He kissed me on the cheek. I didn’t know it was him. I thought it was just some guy Katy Perry met.

Luckily for her, Bloom came back and gave her another hug – one she enjoyed more the second time around.


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