Two weeks before Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream hit stores, a song from the album called “Circle the Drain” leaked, and jaws everywhere dropped.
Because though Perry has never explicitly said as much (she preferred to call the song her ” ’You Oughta Know,’ Alanis Morrissette moment” ), “Drain” is very clearly about one of her exes. And with lines like “You fall asleep during foreplay/ ’Cause the pills you take are more your forte,” it’s not difficult to figure out which one: Travie McCoy, who, while dating Perry, entered a rehab facility in 2008 to deal with an addiction to pharmaceutical drugs.
While “Drain” shocked many with its frank lyrics, there were some who thought that the song may have gone too far — that couplets like “Wanna be your lover/ Not your f—ing mother” and “You think you’re so rock and roll, but you’re really just a joke/ Had the world in the palm of your hands/ But you f—ing choked” crossed the line from being clever and came across as just plain mean.
Regardless, in the time since the song first appeared, neither Perry nor McCoy has directly addressed its none-too-subtle content — until now. On Thursday, MTV News caught up with McCoy at a Hennessy Artistry event in New York, and he was more than willing to talk about “Circle the Drain.” And though he said he’s never actually heard the song, he does have some rather strong feelings about it.
“I heard she put out a song that’s about me, or about some old habits or whatever,” McCoy said. “[And] I look at it like this: I’m just stoked that she finally has a song with some substance on her record. Good job.”
McCoy wouldn’t make any further comment on the song, though he did say that he had been wondering when someone was going to ask him about it.
A spokesperson for Perry did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the matter.