Following the broadcast of his Idol audition on Sunday, Benjamin Glaze said he did not consent to the "uncomfortable" kiss judge Perry planted on him without permission. Hopefully next time he pulls, it'll be a kiss he actually likes. "I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship".
But hours later, the Oklahoma native is clarifying his previous statements via Instagram, saying that he doesn't feel as though he was "sexually harassed" by the popstar. The "Roar" singer noticed the young man and candidly told him he could come hang out with her anytime.
While rendering her verdict (video of the entire incident here), Perry acknowledged his shaky performance was "a bit rushed, and maybe that was because I sped up your BPM of the heartbeat".
"I have never been in a relationship and I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship", Glaze responded. In the moment, Glaze was aghast, and Perry was victorious.
"I was a tad bit uncomfortable", he told the publication. In fact, the now-20-year-old singer was happy the talked-about moment got him more screen time and recognition for his career aspirations.
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Ben, who did not move on to the next round during his initial audition, went on, "I am not complaining about the kiss I am very honored and thankful to be apart of American Idol the main goal for the show is to find stars and new music artist". "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".
"They agreed with me that it didn't really count", he said.
In the clip, Perry calls out to Glaze to "come here" after learning of his never-been-kissed status, and Glaze appears shocked, but walks up to the judges table to face Perry.
"It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about", he said. Head here for more photos from this season of the singing competition!