Katy Perry forcibly takes American Idol contestant's first kiss

scandal 15/03/2018

Katy Perry is facing backlash for kissing 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze moments before his audition on American Idol.

Benjamin had reportedly never been kissed before this incident on the show, and said the whole experience made him uncomfortable.

He said he had deliberately been putting off his first kiss as a rite of passage, when he spoke to the New York Times.

He told New York Times:

"I was a tad bit uncomfortable. I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.

Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no. I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately.

I wanted my first kiss to be special."

When asked at the audition if he'd 'kissed a girl and liked it' he admitted he hadn't kissed anyone which was when Perry stood up and gestured for him to kiss her.

He stressed that he wanted to kiss her only on the cheek, and touched his face to her cheek. Ms. Perry then complained that he hadn't made the 'smush sound' and wanted another kiss.

As he moved for a second kiss, Ms. Perry turned her face toward him and kissed him on the lips.

He yelled and fell backward, exclaiming 'You didn't!', at which point Ms. Perry raised her arms in victory.

The audition took place last October and has given Mr Glaze time to reflect on the incident. He acknowledges that the kiss allowed for more screen time, and subsequently more attention on his music.

He said: "So in that way, I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out."

He said he does not feel that he was sexually harassed, but viewers on Twitter have been quick to label the incident as a 'forced sexual act'.