Is Britney Spears’ Bible verse tweet a dig at Katy Perry?


Katy Perry is no stranger to feuds. Some might argue that certain entanglements keep her relevant in between albums. But this time, it’s not a case of mean-girling, it was just plain mean. Last Sunday on the Grammys Red Carpet, when Ryan Seacrest asked Katy why she took a break from music, she said it was for her mental health. When he followed up by asking how that was going, Katy said, “I haven’t shaved my head yet.” This appeared to many to be a reference to Britney Spears,’ 2007 breakdown. Here is what Katy said:

The problem is, the interview with Seacrest was the second time Katy made that comment. Earlier, while speaking to Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier, Katy said, “… and the only thing left to do is shave my head, which I’m really saving for a public breakdown…” Once might have been an ignorant misstep but twice says Katy sees Britney’s mental health as fodder to make herself look cool. Obviously, Twitter went nuts. Britney fans started the hashtag #KatyPerryIsOverParty and it Swiftly started trending (as in, Taylor Swift fans jumped on that bus the minute it rolled in to town.)

But the best of all the responses to Katy came from Britney herself. On Tuesday, she posted this to Instagram:

Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart ❤️ Luke 6:45

A post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

The actual Bible verse Britney is paraphrasing is, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” So to answer my own question, yes – this post is one big Bible thump to Katy’s bleached head. And it’s beautiful, too. The photo is a message of love. Her quote is a Bible quote which is both peaceful and a nod to Katy’s Christian past. Plus, her paraphrasing with switched pronouns tells everybody exactly to whom this message was directed without getting anywhere close to a name or face. This far exceeds the slow clap, this is me standing on my desk saying, “Britney, My Britney.”

Honestly, WTF Katy? I was this close to calling myself a Katy fan but only because thought she’d grown. There is no way to spin this. She thought it was absolutely fine to make fun of a woman had a breakdown and has since diligently worked herself back into good health, motherhood and a successful comeback career-wise. And what was Katy’s point? To gain sympathy for herself or merely to take a swing at Britney for no reason? Gah, there are so many levels of wrong here, it’s hard to limit them to just one post. So I’ll finish with one last argument (for now), Katy’s whole shtick currently is Purposeful Pop. She earned this newfound “purpose” by becoming a strong voice for Hillary Clinton and the feminist movement against Trump. However it’s not cool to make jokes about mental health. Maybe Katy took a bathroom break when Mrs. Obama said “When they go low, we go high.” By the way, there is no apology from Katy’s camp as yet.



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  1. Sam says:

    Britney needs to just end this no talented trash bag. As someone who’s struggled with a mental illness in the past and who just lost someone because of mental illness, this hurts. Katy Perry is trash. Has always been trash. I don’t know how many times I’ve brought up how awful Katy is only to have folks defend her. Katy always does things like this and everyone turns a blind eye. She’s openly racist, is homophobic and is always poking her nose in crap that doesn’t involve her just to keep her name afloat. I know Taylor isn’t shit but she literally told us that Katy pretends to be your friend to your face and then talks shit behind your back to the point where you don’t know if she’s your friend or not. She acts like she’s buddy buddy with Britney and then says this several times and has tweeted about it too? The sad thing is Britney has spoken highly of Katy in the past too. I hope her flop self keeps flopping into irrelevancy. Good riddance to this mean girl. Regina George with the sheep skin is here alright.

    • Merry says:

      I know barely nothing of Katy Perry, in what instances has she been racist and homophobic?

      Also is she really flopping? I would have guessed no since I know lyrics to some of her songs and believe me I wasnt looking for them. If I know them its because they get airplay, which contradicts the flop story.

      • Squiggisbig says:

        I don’t know specifically about the homophobia (although I’m sure a song like “U R so gay” doesn’t help). But the racism/cultural appropriation is evident with both the dark horse video and her cringe inducing “geisha” performance at some award show awhile back.

      • Sam says:

        Her Dark Horse video and her time she performed as a Geisha. Her song Ur so Gay is as homophobic as it gets. It seems like folks on here just “forget” all the trashy things Katy has done because they hate Taylor Swift and Katy is considered her biggest enemy. But make no mistake. Katy has and always has been trash.

        Her latest songs have been flops because no one is checking for Katy Perry anymore. Sure she’s had hit songs in the past but rise and chained to the rhythm are flops.

    • Bridget says:

      Katy Perry has always been really passive aggressive publicly. No one ever remembers the way her and Brand’s marriage ended: her going to Hawaii without him after an argument and making sure to have copious paparazzi pictures taken of her frolicking in the waves – but she’s happy to remind everyone that he broke up with her via text (cause she was in Hawaii). Katy has always been a dim party girl who’s now trying to paint herself as an activist, when to be honest I don’t think we really need another celebrity getting political.

    • Ninabina says:

      Thank you for posting this, Sam. Sometimes i just cant even go through any post regarding KP here; they are always trying too hard to make a saint out of her due to their hatred towards TS. She out-earns TS, yet people still dumps on TS for that 1 million donation to flood victim compared to KP’s measly donation to the PP. Everyone is willing to look the other way when it comes to this woman. TS has become the modern day Cassandra, no matter how much KP’s antics been revealed, people will still say she’s lying.

  2. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Katy Perry has revealed she has no class, mental health is not something to mock.

  3. eXo says:

    Katy Perry seems to be quite the arrogant mean girl.

  4. virginfangirl2 says:

    Katy needs to issue an apology for this one. Britney handled this in such a classy way.

  5. pwal says:

    I’m no Britney, Katy or Swifty fan, but Britney’s breakdown hurt my heart, mainly because seemingly no one seemed to step up to offer her any support. Certainly, no female celebrity did, whether publicly or privately. So for Katy to dredge this up after Britney’s been on track for several years, was beyond tacky and unfcuking called for.

  6. sarri says:

    Seriously, this horrible singer needs to stop attacking Britney.

  7. Heat says:

    Three cheers for Britney!
    I’m not a huge fan of either of them, but this isn’t about them. It’s about the fact that we live in an age of intense hate, right now.
    I would expect these stupid comments from Donald Trump, spewing mockery at mental illness in such a crass way…it’s rather ironic when a person who touted herself as completely anti-Trump is just as ignorant as he is.

  8. Odette says:

    For Shame, Katy Perry!

    Biting at BritBrit!? I mean, really. [exhales contempt] BritBrit!? Who is basically the human equivalent of a cotton-candy-lollipop covered in endearing vulnerability. (And I mean that in the most affectionate way possible!)

    Part of me wishes I was an irrational teenager right now, so I’d have the energy to passionately tweet scolding quips at Katy Perry all day.

  9. happinessinme says:

    many people believed it was a dig for the following reasons:-

    1. she changed the gender from he to she in the verse
    2. She chose to use a christian reference as a dig to Katy Perry’s Christian past and upbringing
    3. She used the verse “Luke” as some underhanded reference to Dr. Luke
    4. It happened the day after Katy perry made the comments.

    Is it a dig at Katy Perry? I don’t know, but I do agree that after the first time, it stopped being a “mishap”. After she made the joke a second time, the reporter asked about her music, she said ” Of course, that’s why I’m here, not to cause controversy”. Her behavior seemed strange that night, I think she is under alot of stress from that new album.

  10. OSTONE says:

    Katy Perry sucks. She pretends she is this huge feminist and woke woman, but what she said about Britney for no reason, sucks. I doubt she will apologize but if she does, I hope she doesn’t say that her comments were taken out of context.

  11. Bubbles says:

    Why on earth would Katy do that? What would she have to gain from it? She is a straight up bi**h! There is absolutely no excuse for that and EVERYONE knows who and what she was talking about. She can’t talk her way out of this one. Not cool.

  12. Trixie says:

    As someone who has suffered from depression for decades, Katy can go f herself. Mental health issues are not something to make fun of.

  13. Franny Days says:

    Katy Perry is such a try hard. I know people say Taylor is contrived but this b is as contrived as they come.

  14. Alix says:

    Well played, Britney. Well played.

  15. Nancy says:

    This actually confuses me. Katy’s issues seemed to have been with Swift and her beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing and mean girl tweets. So to be so blatantly cruel to Britney who suffered so much public humiliation is effed up. Plus it gives more credibility to Taylor’s claims which blows. *waiting on faux apology tour*

    • Sam says:

      I remember Taylor Swift saying she never knew if they were friends or not because Katy would make side comments about you that were meant to be insults.

      Here I am sitting now like damn Taylor was right about this woman all along.

      PS I’ve personally thought they’re both mean girls and I never fell for Katy’s victim act in regards to her feud with Swifty.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Perry and Swift are 2 peas in a pod – both are immature teenage mean girls.

      • Rose says:

        I hate to be this person but Taylor is by all accounts a nice girl, she has fans over to her house , does a lot of stuff for charity and when I met her she could not have been more lovely.
        Sure she’s done problematic things but she’s a good person I think.
        And I hate when people make fun of Britney, she’s never ever said a bad word about anyone, it hurts my heart when people say shit about her.

    • DianaB says:

      Could it be possible that TS was right and Katy really was trying to sabotage her tour? At the time everyone thought Taylor was being melodramatic and egocentric but perhaps she was onto something.

  16. Sixer says:

    Well, that’s just straight down nasty and, as the bible verse points out, very revealing of Perry.

    On a related note… of late I have been trying to purge mental health pejoratives and slurs from the things I say and write. Not that I ever actually called people names involving such slurs but you know – the related stuff: someone does something outlandish or outrageous and we all say, “that’s insane”, or “crazy ass thing to do”. And I’ve been staggered at how much I am used to using such language. It’s so ingrained.

    • mellie says:

      I have three daughters, the youngest is now 18, but when they were all home and used to engage in fighting (which was somewhat frequent), one of the insults that they would hurl that would cause the most anger/hurt was calling each other a “psycho”….that would immediately bring their dad and I into the fight to end it and make them apologize. I would not put up with that $hit for one minute. That insult seemed to press a lot of buttons and I can see why, it’s very hurtful.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes, exactly. And that’s the direct name-calling. Mental health language is everywhere. I might see something funny and unusual and say “that’s bonkers” with absolutely no ill intent at all. When you try to stop using such language you really do realise just how much you do use it.

    • Lulu says:

      Sixer honestly I applaud you for this . I have PTSD and the shit storm of anxiety, depression and OCD that rolls with it , and It’s not till you become super aware of it that you realise how much it is out there and how easily it’s thrown about . One of my biggest bug bear is when people say “I’m so OCD about so and so” it’s as if it has been trivialised to rearranging things etc and in reality OCD is soul destroying

    • detritus says:

      It is really hard to remove some of our verbal tics eh?

      I’m trying to do the same with crazy/psychotic etc. I harped on my partner until he stopped with ‘gay’ as a pejorative. It was bothering me something fierce (I originally wrote -driving me crazy, what is wrong with me), and made me realise I do the same to other groups.

      Especially since they are often thrown at women. I still mess up a lot though.

  17. mellie says:

    Maybe I’m out of the loop but has Britney ever engaged in this crap? I don’t remember seeing anything to that effect. Katy on the other hand seems to live for it. Leave her alone! #teambritney

  18. Monsi says:

    That was an unnecessary, unfunny and cruel remark. Katy should apologize asap

  19. shelly says:

    Those pictures of Britney shaving her head and looking so distressed and vulnerable, will live long in my memory. So Sad.

    I’m glad she is looking well and seems happy.

    Katy Perry should just take a long holiday, 20 years out of the limelight would do.

  20. Kiki says:

    I am sure Britney Spears can take jabs about making fun of her lip syncing performances, but her mental health? That was uncalled for. I have been depressed throughout my 20′s, I am sure Katy Perry never went through that before because she is rich, entitled, untalented pile of s***. You NEVER, EVER, EVER MAKE THOSE COMMENTS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS.

    Amy Winehouse had mental issues and she died of Alcoholic Shock. I don’t even want to talk about her death because AMY WINEHOUSE death REALLY BROKE MY HEART. As I mentioned before I too have been clinically depressed throughout my 20′s, do you know what it is like to be DEPRESSED FOR OVER 15 YEARS. I don’t think so, Katy. You are so caught up with your glitz and glamor that you don’t even have the decency with the words that you say.

    I hope your single does well, Katy. Because you lost a fan.

  21. Donna says:

    I had plenty of contempt for Perry prior to that comment. My opinion of her is even lower now. You absolutely do not mock a person’s struggle with mental illness.

  22. ElleBee says:

    Seems like the music industry has TWO Regina Georges is Sheep’s Clothing

  23. Felice. says:

    Today is the 10 year anniversary of the incident so it’s even more unbelievable that Katy would do that.

  24. JRD says:

    I can’t wait to see this on Shade Court tomorrow.

  25. Jess says:

    That’s how you reply to mean shade. Well done, Britney.

  26. serena says:

    This is awful and disrespectful, I really hope she’ll apologize and stop with these comments.

  27. Alexandria says:

    Britney’s breakdown was very very devastating to see…my pop idol forever. Britney we support you .

  28. msw says:

    God, I am cringing with embarrassment for making fun of Britney when that happened. I can’t even imagine myself as being a person who would think someone else’s mental breakdown was funny. Thank goodness I woke up eventually…. even now, I am still hearing people talk about Britney like she’s fodder and try to make amends in my own personal way by expressing sympathy for her struggles. Britney never did anything to me and is by most accounts one of the nicest celebrities out there, so making fun of her for being a “trainwreck” is really just cruel.

    I hope Katy realizes what a horrible thing that was to say, now that people are calling her out on it, and apologizes with a BIG balloon bouquet.

  29. L84Tea says:

    I have not cared for Katy Perry ever since I saw her guest judge on American Idol years ago. I remember thinking she was pretty self-righteous and arrogant for a woman whose claim to fame was shooting whipped cream out of her boobs. I’m never been much of a Britney fan either (I’ve always found her to be another one of the “take away her sex appeal and she ain’t got much left” kind of singers), but I do feel bad for what she went thru and it’s shitty to see people make fun of her, especially to the entire world.

  30. Sam the Pink says:

    Britney handled this well. Katy really should apologize. Britney endured more than a lot of mentally ill people deal with precisely because she had to deal with it in full view of the public.

    Weirdly, I always kind of thought that while Britney was sick at the time, the head shaving was just her being kind of rational – I always kind of thought that her hair was just probably so nasty and matted and gross that she just figured she’d shave it off (which, hey, I could totally understand).

  31. Div says:

    Katy’s always been a low key mean girl….she is just way more cunning about it than Taylor Swift who resorts to high school stunts. Years ago she performed Ur So Gay (her homophobic song) at her old high school (my friend’s younger sister was a student when she gave the performance) and yelled out the name of her high school boyfriend. Russell Brand was torn up about Amy Winehouse once at an awards show and was doing a tribute towards her…and Katy was clearly smashed as he*l at the same awards show. I’m sure there are other incidents, but those two are just the first that I remembered of her f*ckery. Her cruelty about someone’s mental health struggles doesn’t surprise me.

    Team Brit Brit.

  32. Char says:

    I remember when Britney’s “craziness” went from eye rolling, laughable, to “ok, this isn’t funny anymore, something is seriously wrong here” & I appreciate Celebitchy who also recognized it, unlike most of the other gossip sites. I’ve never cared for Katy, she also seemed to lack compassion for anyone other than herself. She married a recovering addict, but refused to change her party lifestyle, then blamed the breakup fully on Brand. & I’m not saying Brand was perfect, they both were dumb for jumping into a marriage & bottom line is, he alone is responsible for his recovery, but that was also a situation where she seemed to lack compassion for what someone else was going through, & he was supposed to be someone that she loved.

  33. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    Going after what was the lowest point in Britney’s life? Not cool. I love the way Britney handled it, but I still wish Katy would apologize, even though she won’t. As someone upthread said, looks like there’s another Regina George in sheep’s clothes…

  34. Silly B says:

    Katy Perry needs to talk with some people with mental health issues (I’ll volunteer). She isn’t cute or funny when she says shady sh!t like this.

    Britney, Amanda, and others have had public declines and been shamed because of mental illness. All the time laughing could have been spent helping.

    We are on this big rock together, folks, and we’ve only got one shot at life- try not to be a prick.

  35. RaeRae says:

    Katy Perry is a mean girl!! I’ve never been a fan. Years ago she made comments about Miley Cyrus and where her mouth as been. And now Britney. Why is Katy Perry even relevant??? Seriously why didn’t the band Survivor go after her legally with her song roar? It’s a total rip off of eye of the tiger. This has bothered me for years!!

  36. I co-sign all the comments from fellow members who also have certain mental health struggles. However, I do think it’s ok to refer to irrational things as “crazy” as long as it’s the behavior you are attacking (unless you’re referring specifically to behavior from someone obviously in the throes of something like a manic episode, etc.) I just don’t believe in being overly-PC about every aspect of speech.
    One of the cruelest people regarding Britney’s breakdown was Sarah Silverman, who came on the VMA’s after Britney’s uninspired performance that one year. She just slammed Britney with one comment after another, and referred to her young sons as her two “cutest mistakes”.

  37. Jasmine says:

    This isn’t the first time Katy has done some version of this. Buzzfeed has a article that she’s been doing this for years saying “oh I haven’t shaved my head yet” “I haven’t attacked a car yet” it’s sad and uncalled for

  38. Rebecca says:

    Maybe this is a case of not thinking before you speak. I have no filter so I feel for Katy. Can you imagine what it is like to be a star and have your every word analyzed? Must suck. Perhaps Katy Perry was close to a breakdown once herself and was actually attempting to relate to Britney. However, she could have said what she said in a nicer way.

    That being said, Britney Spears tries very hard to say only nice things about others. She didn’t deserve this. Katy needs to try and check herself more often.

  39. sunsetsnow says:

    She’s gross! During the election, I became proud of her. Not anymore. She is a bully! Taylor might be right…I hate to say it.

  40. Loca says:

    WTF Katy Perry is correct. That was a low blow. While Britney does have alot of supporters I’m not sure why other celebrity female artists have to take a dig at Britney. They’ve all lip synced at one time or another. And they’ve had their failed marriages, or downfalls. Britney stays focused on her boys, workouts, and successful career. She doesn’t go around trash talking people because she has better things to do with her time.

  41. Ninabina says:

    This reminds me of Britney’s session on James Corden car karaoke show. I dont remember what was he poking fun of, but it was something about someone she knew. Britney was so sweet, going, “Hey, that’s not nice, it’s my friend” to stop him from poking fun about that.

    I wish her the best. It’s not easy to be her sweet-self when she’s surrounded by people who makes fun of her lowest moment in life as some sort of public joke.