Stevie Nicks offered Katy Perry a choice nugget of rock star wisdom during a lengthy conversation back in September: “You don’t have any rivals.” In a new interview with ABC Radio, Nicks opened up about meeting Perry in London while she was in town with Fleetwood Mac and Perry was set to play this year’s iTunes festival.
“I thought it was going to be a 20-minute ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ thing – and we sat for three hours until, like, three in the morning,” Nicks said. “And we pretty much talked about everything.”
Specifically, Nicks recalled, Perry asked who her rivals were around the time she began her solo career with the release release of 1981’s Bella Donna. “And I was, like, speechless,” Nicks said. “I was, like, ‘I didn’t have any rivals.’ And she said, ‘Really? None?’ I said, ‘No . . . the girls in Heart [were] friends. Pat Benatar [was a] friend.”
While Perry didn’t single out any of her peer performers as rivals, she told Nicks that fans on the Internet tend to pit female singers against each other even if there’s no basis for such claims.
“I said to her, ‘Katy, let me tell you something. You don’t have any rivals. So forget that. Never say that word again,'” Nicks continued. “‘You don’t have rivals. All of those girls? Friends. You’ll probably work with all of them at some point. Friends.'”