When we first heard Britney Spears’ banger “Hold It Against Me” way back in 2011, we assumed the singer was crooning about wanting the body of boyfriend-at-the-time Jason Trawick, but new information proves otherwise. Britney wasn’t singing about a dude at all—but about fellow pop star Katy Perry. Really.
All was revealed by artist/songwriter Bonnie McKee on Twitter on Wednesday, May 25, as HelloGiggles reports. Bonnie co-wrote five songs on Britney’s seventh studio album Femme Fatale, one of which was “Hold It Against Me,” in addition to collaborating with Katy on her 2010 album Teenage Dream.
When a fan wanted to know what inspired his favorite track, he went straight to the source. Twitter user @hello_gregory tweeted at Bonnie:
@BonnieMcKee Hold It Against Me: please tell us the inspiration. I love love love that song
— Greg (@hello_gregory) May 25, 2017
Bonnie promptly gave the people what they wanted:
— Bonnie McKee (@BonnieMcKee) May 25, 2017
Artists inspiring other artists’ work (and then letting that connection slip) seems to be a theme these days. Coincidentally, Miley Cyrus recently claimed that Katy’s 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl” was actually written about her.
Even though many years have passed since Britney confessed that she needed to take a vacation to Katy’s paradise-like body, her musical tribute to the “Bon Appétit” singer’s physique seems like the kind of compliment that never expires—even more so than, say, googling hot photos of yourself and posting them to Instagram.