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Usually Katy Perry is the boss lady, but when she signed up to be the Super Bowl halftime performer she had to ‘relinquish’ all control. Katy explained to Elle she gave up six months of her life previous to hitting the stage, “In my show, I am boss daddy. I am boss mommy. They call me Boss. Everything goes through my eyes; I call all the shots, 100 percent of it. With the NFL, I have to be accountable to several levels of red tape.”
She continued, “There are many committees I have to go through for my costumes, the budgets of my show, every interview—everything, I have to report to somebody. So I am no longer the boss; I have to relinquish that control. We love this opportunity, but once you decide you’re gonna do the Super Bowl, you’re gonna have no fucking life for six months. It is the biggest thing. Anyone that’s ever done it has been scared shitless. You stay off the Internet for the five days afterward.”
On Being a Pop Star:
“It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was nine…You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you see people shaving their fucking heads.”
And if all the pop stars were characters in a soap opera?”
“You’ve got to name someone the villain, someone the princess, someone the mom-, the dad-type—you know there always have to be characters. As pop figures, we’re all characters. And the media uses that. Who is the sweetheart, who is the villain? You know. Taylor’s the sweetheart. Kanye’s the villain. That’s the narrative.”