Luke Bryan is still nursing his emotional wounds. The country singer and 2022 CMA Awards host is opening up about Katy Perry recently releasing a duet with fellow country singer Thomas Rhett.

Bryan spoke with ET’s Rachel Smith on the red carpet at this year’s star-studded awards ceremony — which he was tapped to co-host alongside Payton Manning — at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and Bryan addressed his “American Idol” co-judge’s foray into country.

“You know, my feelings were hurt,” Bryan joked. “You know, Katy, I told her today, you know, she just chose a younger version [of me].”

Perry and Thomas Rhett released their collaboration, “Where We Started,” last month, and Bryan said he understands why she didn’t collaborate with him first.

“You know, I get it, I get it. She’s staying in her age bracket,” Bryan quipped.

In April, Thomas Rhett dished to ET about the collaboration and how it came to be. ”

“I had no part in that. My record label called her and said, ‘Would you want to do a collab with Thomas Rhett?’ and I thought they were crazy,” the 32-year-old singer told ET’s Rachel Smith backstage during the CMT Music Awards. “I was like, ‘She has no idea who I am.’ They sent it to her, and she loved the song.”

The 2022 CMA Awards airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The show will also be available to stream the following day on Hulu.

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