From “Baby, you’re a firework” to “You mild me up inside just like the Fourth of July.” Becky G’s 2014 breakout single “Shower” was meant to be a Katy Perry hit. Speaking to Teen Vogue for their September cowl story, Becky G opened up concerning the bubblegum pop single that launched her profession — and the way it was nearly sung by another person.
“It wasn’t written for me,” she mentioned, including that it “completely” was made with a white pop star in thoughts. The star in query was Perry, based on R. City, who wrote the tune and shared that the pop queen “by no means heard it.”
“For me, the lesson [was] that the tune was larger than me. Anyone might have sung that tune, however I used to be very fortunate,” Becky mentioned. “It took me to so many locations. I can take pleasure in it now.”
Perry was an early supporter of Becky, sharing her tune “Play It Again” on Twitter even earlier than “Shower” existed. “Check out my lady 🎶🌹Becky G🌹🎶 the cutet chicana from the barrio protecting it actual actual!!!” Perry tweeted on the time.
The following yr, Perry would welcome Becky G on her Prismatic world tour for a number of dates, together with 4 tour stops in Mexico.
Years after giving the pop (and rap) recreation an opportunity, Becky stepped away and prevented “Shower” fully. Her performances featured solely songs from her Spanish profession, launched by “Mayores” with Bad Bunny. For Becky, “Shower” reminded her of a time in her thoughts when she wasn’t in full management of her future as she handed away a lot of her freedom to shitty contracts.
“Because if you happen to informed me to run up the mountain, do 5 spins, clap my fingers 3 times, and do two leaping jacks, I’ll do it if it implies that I get to offer for my household,” she mentioned. “Thank God, I can communicate one other language as a result of the place I used to be in my profession felt like I used to be tied to a sinking ship.”
She added, “And it’s terrifying to assume at 18–19 years previous, This is it. This is the top of what you’ve devoted your complete life to.”
In her cowl story interview, Becky opened up about turning into the “sole supplier” for her complete household as a teen.
“We misplaced our house within the 2008 [financial] crash. My dad and mom have been broke, and we needed to test ‘homeless’ on our lunch purposes. I keep in mind how embarrassing it was to get my lunch taken away as a result of I used to be in deficit,” she mentioned, describing what she went via as “parentification…once you turn out to be the emotional confidante for a dad or mum.”
Back in May, Becky spoke to Rolling Stone about going via the wringer within the trade and the PTSD she nonetheless offers with to this present day.
“There’s undoubtedly my very own type of PTSD for the time being, experiencing the success that I’m having. And that’s simply me being one hundred pc trustworthy as a result of there have been so many occasions in my life that I now look again at that I spotted I used to be experiencing imposter syndrome, feeling like I used to be solely within the room as a result of another person put me there,” Becky mentioned. “Fast ahead 11 years later, to nonetheless be right here — it’s not as a result of somebody put me within the room. It’s as a result of I’ve labored for it.”
She added, “And the reality is even the individuals who have damage me in some form or kind have made me stronger and have made me higher. I stroll right into a room with a special understanding of my very own self and what it’s that I would like for myself.”