Katy Perry Learned a Very Valuable Lesson: Don't Ever Keep Barbara Walters Waiting

The pop singer showed up late to her Most Fascinating People interview in 2011, and the newswoman was not pleased. But Perry had a good reason -- and Walters has since apologized

Even if Barbara Walters finds you fascinating, she won't forgive you for showing up late. That's what Katy Perry learned when she arrived at her interview for Barbara's 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 special. Perry told Billboard that she was "exhausted and stressed" the day of the interview because her marriage to Russell Brand was nearly over. ("I shouldn't have done the interview," she says now.) But when Perry showed up late, she couldn't tell Walters what was really going on. And the newswoman did not take it well.

"You know, I've only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland," Walters told Perry. "You know how she turned out, right?"

So basically, showing up late for a Barbara Walters interview is the first step to dying of a sleeping pill overdose? That seems like a leap of logic. But Perry says she actually admired Walters' chutzpah.

"I was like, 'Oh, snap! Yes, b***h!' I think it's the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me," Katy says now. "I just couldn't tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, 'Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.'"

Perry wasn't kidding about her situation: Brand filed for divorce just weeks later. Still, as she points out, Walters had no way of knowing that. Besides, can we really blame 82-year-old Barbara Walters for trying to school a 26-year-old pop star who's hours late for an interview? Fame is a slippery slope, and Walters has known many celebrities first-hand who didn't handle it too well.

Nonetheless, Walters was courteous enough to apologize on Monday's episode of The View.

"Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy, during a time when you were obviously unhappy, and I didn't know, I'm sorry," Walters said to the camera. "But you can't always know!"

You can watch the interview below. In retrospect, Katy seems nervous and distracted, describing her life as "very intense." When Babs asks if Katy and Russell have a happy marriage, Perry replies, "I think it's lovely -- so far."

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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