As much as we love Missy Elliott, the best part of Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 1 was reserved for the dancing sharks that accompanied her during the melody of her hits “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream.”
Though many tried to take credit for the ocean-dwelling dancers (including Snoop Dogg, who tweeted, “If you were wondering that was me in tha Shark costume!!”), one of Perry’s beach pals has now been accounted for.
Donning a blue and white shark costume was the “Roar” singer’s longtime backup dancer Scott Myrick, who quickly took to Twitter and Instagram to celebrate his meme-worthy performance.
“And that everyone, is what it feels like to have your heart explode. I've never been more proud to be a part of something in my life,” he tweeted, following halftime. “Tonight was a feeling and moment in time that I will never, ever forget. Thank you for all the support everyone. Thanks be to Jesus, aka @katyperry for this shark takeover. You called it gurllllll.”
In addition to retweeting several images from the buzzed-about performance, Myrick also Instagrammed a picture of himself in the costume with Perry writing, “BREAK THE SUPER BOWL.”
Myrick was also featured on the November 2013 Entertainment Weekly cover with Perry, which he happily shared on Instagram, writing, “LOOK, Momma made me a model! @KatyPerry.”
Oh, and did we mention he has the most chiseled six-pack in the world? Myrick enjoys going shirtless on Instagram, and for that, we thank him.
But it turns out that in addition to being extremely attractive, Myrick also appears to be one of the reasons Perry and Swift are currently in the middle of a highly publicized feud. It all started back in 2011 when Myrick performed on Perry’s California Dreams world tour. After the gig wrapped, he auditioned for Swift’s Red Tour, and received a spot.
According to an Examiner interview with Myrick’s fellow backup dancer Lockhart Brownlie, Perry’s camp reached out in the middle of Swift’s tour to see if the dancers would leave to perform on her Prismatic World Tour. Myrick and two others left Swift’s tour for Perry’s and now there’s some “Bad Blood.”
Swift referenced the incident (without directly naming Perry) in a September interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “She did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.' And it wasn't even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”
Whichever side you take in the Perry/Swift feud, be sure to check out the video of Myrick dancing to Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” below — after watching him dance in a shark costume for several hours, that is.