Former “Full House” star Dave Coulier isn’t the “jerk” Alanis Morissette was referring to in her ‘90s hit song “You Oughta Know.” The “urban legend” that he was the subject of the song was refuted by the actor himself, who dated the Grammy-winning songstress before the track was released.
“You Oughta Know” was Morissette’s first single from her third studio album “Jagged Little Pill.” It was released in 1995, and had helped the Canadian singer attain worldwide fame.
With its popularity, the curiosity about the subject of the song followed, with rumours claiming Morissette was referring to ex-boyfriend Coulier in the song.
Ironically, it was Coulier who started that rumour.
The 54-year-old actor has now admitted that he didn’t exactly tell the truth when he claimed he was it.
“I think it’s just really funny that it’s become this urban legend, so many years after the fact,” he told Buzzfeed.
“I dated Alanis in 1992. You know, it’s just funny to be the supposed subject of that song,” he confessed.
“First of all, the guy in that song is a real a-hole, so I don’t want to be that guy. Secondly, I asked Alanis, ‘I’m getting calls by the media and they want to know who this guy is.’ And she said, ‘Well, you know it could be a bunch of people. But you can say whatever you want.’
“So one time, I was doing a red carpet somewhere and [the press] just wore me down and everybody wanted to know so I said, ‘Yeah, all right, I’m the guy. There I said it.’ So then it became a snowball effect of, ‘OH! So you are the guy!’
“It’s just become this silly urban legend that I just have to laugh at.”
Morissette herself has been vague about the topic.
In an interview with The Vancouver Sun in 2008, she refused to confirm or deny the said urban legend.
“Well, I’ve never talked about who my songs were about and I won’t because when I write them, they’re written for the sake of personal expression,” she said.
“So with all due respect to whomever may see themselves in my songs, and it happens all the time, I never really comment on it because I write these songs for myself. I don’t write them for other people.”