Katy Perry Feels Bad For The Guy Catfished Into Thinking He Was Dating Her For 6 Years
Being an international celebrity undeniably comes with ridiculous fan stories, but few can top the Catfish victim convinced he was dating Katy Perry for a whopping six years before the devastating truth was revealed to him on the show. In an interview Friday morning on Sirius XM’s Morning Mash Up Show, Perry revealed that while she has caught wind of the man who thought he was dating her, she couldn’t bring herself to watch his episode of Catfish.
During the interview, she revealed that empathy and guilt prevented her from being able to watch or make light of the man’s pain, explaining, “Yeah, someone sent me a link and I didn’t actually read through it because I just think it’s really unfortunate and very sad.”
The interview with Perry shows a humanity on her part that many people wouldn’t exhibit towards a stranger who fell in love with the concept of them. Later in the interview she expressed a particular sympathy towards the fact that he lived in the landlocked state of Tennessee when she said, “My heart goes out to him actually because anybody that’s been fooled like that — people have dreams and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is so accessible.” She continued: “We live on the coasts, and we get stuff in a way that other people don’t get, and I feel bad for him. So I didn’t really like to indulge in that because my heart would die.”
For those unfamiliar with this classic slice of television tragedy, the Catfish episode centered around a Tennessee-native named Spencer who was convinced he stumbled upon the California pop queen on a Yahoo messaging app. The real woman behind the curtain was a Canadian woman named Harriet who lived in London and apparently loved torturing naive romantics.
Fully convinced of the sanctimony of his love, Spencer even went so far as to craft “Katy” a ring from his grandma’s emerald stone, investing (and ultimately losing) 25 percent of his income in the process. Even after the Catfish crew united him with the all-star asshole who had been tricking him, he still kept the dream of Perry alive and convinced himself that somehow he’d been communicating with the real Perry.
Although it’s an incredible piece of television, particularly within the reality TV vertical of exploiting peoples’ vulnerabilities (we are all truly monsters), it’s refreshing to know that Perry has too much heart to laugh at someone who fell in love with her. Empathy is a muscle, and sometimes you must be vigilant in exercising it.