Katy Perry has a lot to say in her new Vanity Fair interview from her upbringing to her marriage to Russell Brand. She became an overnight ( Not so overnight) musical sensation, but Katy comes off a little harsh saying she didn’t have a ‘childhood’…she didn’t have a typical childhood, but some people have it much worse than sheÂ explains hers was. Some parents are super strict and other are way too lenient and some fall in the middle.
On her childhood: â€œI didnâ€™t have a childhood,â€ she says, adding that her mother never read her any books except the Bible, and that she wasnâ€™t allowed to say â€œdeviled eggsâ€ or â€œDirt Devil.â€ Perry wasnâ€™t even allowed to listen to secular music and relied on friends to sneak her CDs. â€œGrowing up, seeing Planned Parenthood, it was considered like the abortion clinic,â€ she tells Robinson. â€œI was always scared I was going to get bombed when I was thereâ€¦. I didnâ€™t know it was more than that, that it was for women and their needs. I didnâ€™t have insurance, so I went there and I learned about birth control.â€
On her parents: â€œI think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up,â€ Perry says of her evangelical-minister parents. â€œMine grew up with me. We coexist. I donâ€™t try to change them anymore, and I donâ€™t think they try to change me. We agree to disagree. Theyâ€™re excited about [my success]. Theyâ€™re happy that things are going well for their three children and that theyâ€™re not on drugs. Or in prison.â€ Perryâ€™s mother confirms that she is proud of her daughterâ€™s success, telling Robinson, â€œThe Lord told us when I was pregnant with her that she would do this.â€
On religion: â€œI come from a very non-accepting family, but Iâ€™m very accepting,â€ Perry says of her religious beliefs as an adult. â€œRussell is into Hinduism, and Iâ€™m not [really] involved in it. He meditates in the morning and the evening; Iâ€™m starting to do it more because it really centers me. [But] I just let him be him, and he lets me be me.â€ Perry says she didnâ€™t stick with the mold growing up. â€œI have always been the kid whoâ€™s asked â€˜Why?â€™ In my faith, youâ€™re just supposed to have faith. But I was always likeâ€¦why?â€ she says. â€œAt this point, Iâ€™m just kind of a drifter. Iâ€™m open to possibilityâ€¦. My sponge is so big and wide and Iâ€™m soaking everything up and my mind has been radically expanded. Just being around different cultures and people and their opinions and perspectives. Just looking into the sky.â€
Of her marriage to Russell Brand: Perry says that there is â€œnever a dull momentâ€ and that Brand has â€œnever lied to me once. I trust him; thereâ€™s just a level of trust that weâ€™ve built up.â€ When asked about the infamous photo Brand tweeted of her without makeup in the middle of the night, Perry laughs it off. â€œWe were just messing around,â€ she says, â€œI didnâ€™t really care. I mean, when I go to rehearsals I look like that. Iâ€™m every woman. It takes a village to make me who I amâ€¦. You donâ€™t have to wake up looking like, you know, Gisele.â€
On marriage and the press: â€œThe press is just not your friend when it comes to a marriage,â€ Perry explains of her need for privacy in her relationship with Brand. â€œThatâ€™s why we didnâ€™t sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions.â€ Why not take the money and give it to charity? Robinson asks. â€œWell, I can always do that later for something else; maybe if I have a child,â€ Perry says. â€œBut Iâ€™ve seen too much of it with other peopleâ€”itâ€™s the wrong kind of attention. It detracts from the reason why you exist. We wanted that moment to ourselves.â€ After ultimately showing a clip of her wedding video at the Grammys, Perry tells Robinson she did it â€œbecause I felt the moment was right and not forced. Russell and I had time to savor our moment privately first and then share it with people when we were ready, and not for a paycheck. I loved the idea, because I thought it was beautiful and artistically accompanied the song I wrote for him. Plus, it was Valentineâ€™s eve!â€
On the music, and her boobs: â€œI donâ€™t care what people say about my relationship; I donâ€™t care what they say about my boobs. People are buying my songs; I have a sold-out tour. Iâ€™m getting incredible feedback from my music.â€ But despite her immense fame, Perry never forgets what it took to get to where she is. â€œI donâ€™t take anything for granted,â€ she says. â€œThere are 500 other girls right behind me. And I know that, because I was one of them. I remember what itâ€™s like to be someone whoâ€™s always trying to get thereâ€”sending out tons of e-mails â€¦ trying to connect with some person who could connect me with some other person. And I wouldnâ€™t be working at this pace now if I didnâ€™t truly know that fame is fleeting.â€
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