Josh Groban Didn’t Know Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” Was About Him

September 21, 2018 / Posted by:

Josh Groban wasn’t always just the mom’s choice of soundtrack to put on while she enjoyed her weekly soak in the tub with a glass of chardonnay. At once point in time, Josh Groban was also the boyfriend of Katy Perry, something we found out last year during Katy’s 72-hour live stream of her life to promote her album Witness. Josh is finally talking about that time he dated Katy, and there are parts of their relationship that were news to him as well.

Katy brought up Josh’s name while playing a game with James Corden in which he asked her to rank the sex skills of her past boyfriends Diplo, Orlando Bloom, and John Mayer. Katy joked that Josh should also be added to the list, but then took it back, saying he’s a good friend and that she could never drag him into it. She also confessed that her 2010 song “The One That Got Away” was about him.

Josh appeared on Watch What Happens Live last night, and during the call-in portion of the show, he was asked what his reaction was to finding out the song was about him. Josh confirms that yes, they dated, but they were both very private and realized they were better as friends (he also confirms they’re still really good friends to this day, just like Katy said). As for the song, he says:

“I was not expecting that. That was a double take and a spit of my coffee when when I saw that. It’s very sweet of her to say that, and then I listened to the lyrics, and I’m like, ‘I never owned a Mustang, I don’t have a tattoo – are you sure that’s about me?’ I’m very flattered by it, but I was very surprised by it.”

There’s more to the lyrics that don’t make any sense than just Josh’s alleged Mustang ownership and matching tattoos. Katy also sings they got those tattoos on her eighteenth birthday, and that they used to steal his parents liquor and drink it on the roof. If that last part is true, then Josh’s parents must be at least a little relieved. If I was Josh’s parents and found a bunch of empties on my roof, I’d be worried that the stress had finally gotten to him of opening a million fan letters a week from women who volunteered to leave their husbands. That, or I had an alcoholic raccoon on my hands.


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