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Pink told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that she regrets playing into the pop-star feud narrative. “I’m not inclined toward drama and feuds and soundbites,” she said, but got tripped up by a lightning round of questions during a London radio station interview in August. “They’re like, ‘Team Katy or Team Taylor?’ And I said, ‘Either way, I can’t win—but Taylor?’ And I should’ve just kept my mouth shut, because I don’t believe that. I don’t care. But I felt rushed and I didn’t know what to do.”
Earlier this year Pink was at the VMAs to accept their Video Vanguard Award, an opportunity for the pop-loving public to look up and realize Pink has had consistently chart-topping singles for nearly two decades. The performer recently credited her staying power to one thing: “I’ve never won the popularity contest.“ She was never leader of the pop pack, and so never suffered the overexposure that Perry or Swift have dealt with—or, in Pink’s early days, Britney and Christina. Now she’s scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live for the first time in 15 years, she may finally be getting recognition she’s low-key worked for all these years.
The middle road of popularity is a risky one in at least one way: it’s so easy for her to appear like she’s riding bigger stars’ coattails if she comments on something—anything—they’re involved in. As she told the L.A. Times, “I paid for it, because then the next day: ‘Pink is Team Taylor.’”
Sounding a little like the girl in Mean Girls who “doesn’t even go here”, she remembers the good old days, or at least stories about them. “I’m going off a thing that died at Woodstock,” she said. “My model was the model my dad gave me, which was Steven Tyler singing ‘Dream On’ and Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and this thing where everybody hangs out together and has bonfires every night, and somebody gets lit on fire but they’re O.K. That’s what I’m buying into.”
As far as feuds go, though, it’s nothing like the old days, she reminds us. “It surprises me how snarky it’s gotten. There were always these feuds between rock stars—I mean, if you like Oasis, there’s always a feud. But it’s gotten pretty bad. And we’re giving our power away by playing into it.”