Tate McRae slayed BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge last week with a slowed-down version of her September single “Uh Oh” and a pristine cover of Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” McRae is flying high after releasing her debut album I Used To Think I Could Fly, most recently teaming up with Tiësto for “10:35,” but she spent some of her time with BBC Radio 1 to reminisce on her preteen, pre-fame days. Specifically, she yet again cleared up persistent rumors that she was a backup dancer on Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour.
“Wikipedia has done me so dirty,” the 19-year-old said with a laugh. “I mean, like, everyone has said to me, ‘Oh my God! You were Justin Bieber’s main backup dancer!’ And I’m like, ‘I was 12!’ Like, there’s no chance I would be his backup dancer. … On his Purpose Tour, he’d pick like four kids, and they were dancers. He’d audition them. But it, like, wasn’t that big of a deal. There were a lot of kids that did this.”
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McRae shared the same sentiment as Uproxx’s May cover star — “That’s a Wikipedia fact that’s not true; I don’t know why that’s on the internet and how that became a rumor” — and additionally dished on working with Billie Eilish, a noted Bieber fan, and Finneas on her major-label debut single “Tear Myself Apart.”
“It was huge for me, at the time, because they’re big idols of mine,” McRae said. “When I released that song, I was super new to the industry. But, I recently wrote a song for my upcoming record with Finneas, and we’re friends now. It’s funny how much time has changed things. This time, I was actually able to be in the room with Finneas and write something I really, really care about.” (I Used To Think I Could Fly closer “I Still Say Goodnight” was co-written with and produced by Finneas.)