Entertainment news outlets have been playing up a years-old video clip over the past 24 hours that showed pop phenomenon Katy Perry reportedly "singing backup" for Christian rock group P.O.D. on "The Tonight Show" years before she became a multi-platinum success.
But there's just one problem: While the narrative has been that Perry — once a Christian singer who went by birth name Katy Hudson — was a backup singer, the band released a statement skewering entertainment media for getting the story all wrong.
"This is revisionist history and disrespectful to our girl Katy who was NEVER a backup singer … We invited her to participate on our record as she was and is still is one of the few pop artists with strong musicianship roots," P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel said in a statement to Rolling Stone. "She paid her dues not as a backup singer but in a van going town to town."
He continued, "This is the problem with music journalism today … Shabby reporting. No research. No history."
Watch the old "Tonight Show" clip that's been making the rounds below and learn more about the band's new album here:
The P.O.D. appearance unfolded around 10 years ago when Perry was still dabbling in Christian music, according to Rolling Stone.
Perry synced up with the band for their song "Goodbye for Now," singing vocals on the track and appearing in the official music video.
Watch the video for the song below:
As TheBlaze previously reported Perry has publicly renounced her childhood faith, telling Marie Claire in a 2013 interview that she’s no longer Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or “an old man sitting on a throne.”
Perry did say that she believes in a higher power — a paradigm that holds her accountable.
“Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear,” she said. “I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of telling me the truth.”
Perry said she’s rejected traditional theological labels, but that while she has left her evangelical faith behind, she still feels close to the Lord.
“I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” she said at the time. “I pray all the time — for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.”
Marie Claire reported that Perry gets her connection to spirituality through the writings of Eckhart Tolle, an author known for his popular books about metaphysics and spirituality. She also practices transcendental meditation, a form of mantra meditation.
Katy Perry performs "Dark Horse" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
The daughter of Keith and Mary Hudson, evangelists who still travel around the nation speaking openly about their faith, Perry told Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 that God “is very much still a part of” her life.
In 2011, Perry also described herself as a “drifter,” saying she’s continuously asking questions and “soaking everything up.” She has also said she’s “open to possibility,”and that her strict upbringing as confined her in a bubble of sorts that she has since broken out of.
Check out P.O.D.'s new album "The Awakening" here.