Katy Perry opened up to Vanity Fair, dishing on how the pop princess went from preacher’s kid to a self-described “ballsy girl.”
As much as we’re amused by Katy Perry looking straight out of a John Hughes movie, we’re swooning over the pop star’s sleek, romantic look while gracing the cover of Vanity Fair’s June issue. Perry, who was photographed in Paris by Annie Leibovitz, and sat down with the mag to discuss her career, how protective she is of her marriage, and how she initially lied about not kissing any girls back when she sang about kissing girls. Confused? Jump below to hear Katy explain it in her own words.
First of all, when we think of Katy’s career in terms of edible goods, we’re inclined to think of it as cotton candy — fun, delicious fluff — but she sees it more like an artichoke: “People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don’t even know that there’s something magical hidden at the base of it. There’s a whole other side [of me] that people didn’t know existed.”
Touching on her need for privacy in her marriage to Russell Brand, Katy says, “The press is just not your friend when it comes to a marriage. That’s why we didn’t sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions… it’s the wrong kind of attention. It detracts from the reason why you exist. We wanted that moment to ourselves.”
She does explain why she chose to show footage from her wedding in India while performing her Teenage Dream track “Not Like The Movies” at The Grammys. “I felt the moment was right and not forced,” she says. “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 Valentine’s eve!”
When discussing her first hit single, “I Kissed A Girl”, Perry admits she lied about responding in the negative when she was repeatedly asked if she had ever kissed a girl. “I said no, I hadn’t experienced it, even though I had, because I didn’t like where the guys were taking the interviews.”
All in all, dealing with the judgment of the media and the public is worth it. “I don’t care what people say about my relationship; I don’t care what they say about my boobs. People are buying my songs; I have a sold-out tour. I’m getting incredible feedback from my music.”
Summary: Katy Perry graces the June Cover of Vanity Fairand reveals new information about her Evangelical upbringing, kooky husband Russell Brand and body image. Below, five lessons THR learned:
1. As a kid, her parents banned terms like “deviled eggs” from the house. “I didn’t have a childhood,” she says, adding that her Evangelical parents only allowed her to read the Bible and that words like “deviled eggs” and the name of the vacuum cleaner “Dirt Devil” were banned. She says her friends even had to sneak her albums because secular music was banned in her California home.
2. She turned away ‘millions of dollars’ for her wedding photos. She and husband Russell Brand refused to sell photos of their 2010 Indian wedding. “The press is just not your friend when it comes to marriage,” she explains. “That’s why we didn’t sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions … It’s the wrong kind of attention. It detracts from the reason why you exist. We wanted that moment to ourselves.”
3. She compares her career to an ‘artichoke.’ “People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don’t even know that there’s something magical hidden at the base of it,” she says. “I think that eventually, [with me], you’ll see more layers. There’s a whole other side that people didn’t know existed.”
4. She admits she doesn’t ‘look like Gisele’ in the morning. She denies being upset that Brand once Tweeted a photo of her sans makeup. “I mean, when I go to rehearsals I look like that,” she says, referring to her glamourous on-stage look. “I’m every woman. It takes a village to make me who I am…. You don’t have to wake up looking like, you know, Gisele.”
5. ‘I don’t care what people say about my boobs.’ She came under fire last year for sporting too much cleavage during a Sesame Street taping, prompting her skit on the kid’s show to get cut. “I don’t care what people say about my boobs,” she says. “People are buying my songs; I have a sold out tour. I’m getting incredible feedback from my music,” Perry said. “I already know my future evolution, where I’m going to go.”