When 19 year old Ben Isaac Glaze auditioned for American Idol he got more than he bargained for.
While he didn’t get the golden ticket to make it to the next round, he did get his first kiss… from Katy Perry no less.
Speaking to the judges before he sang, he revealed that he had never been in a relationship, and never been kissed. That’s when judge Perry put her hand up for the task.
At first he pecked her on the cheek – which she deemed unsatisfactory (because there was no “smoosh sound” you see), however the second time around, Perry turned at the last second and kissed him on the lips.
The 19 year old was caught off guard and surprised. You can watch his reaction for yourself.
“How was it?” he later cheekily questioned the judges.
A couple of days after the episode aired, in a phone interview with the New York Times, Glaze said that the moment made him feel “a tad bit uncomfortable.”
“Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no.”
Glaze bought up his conservative family, and that he was “uncomfortable immediately.”
“I wanted to save it for my first relationship.”
Then came the media response. Some wondered if Perry’s actions touched on sexual harassment, and we asked if things were reversed – if Katy Perry was a man, would things have been different.
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However, now the 19 year old has cleared-up any rumours that he was “complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
“I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry,” he wrote.