Apparently, in the new issue of Rolling Stone, Katy Perry talks in greater detail about her religious upbringing. Now, I knew that Katy is a preacher’s daughter and that she grew up in a very conservative household, but I never really paid attention to how any interviews Katy might have given where she’s talked about this before. So basically, this is all new to me. And now that I’ve read some of the quotes… well, it’s kind of amazing that Katy is relatively normal. Both of her parents were “freelance” ministers, apparently.
Speaking in tongues: “Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as ‘Pass the salt.’ It’s a secret, direct prayer language to God. A lot of religions use meditation or chanting. It’s a secret, direct prayer language to God. My dad speaks in tongues and my mom interprets it. That’s their gift.”
On struggling financially: “Sometimes we ate from the same food bank we used to feed our congregation and I was very embarrassed by that.”
Her parents were insane: “I wasn’t ever able to say I was ‘lucky’ because my mother would rather us say that we were blessed, and she also didn’t like that lucky sounded like Lucifer. Devilled eggs were called ‘angelled’ eggs. I wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms, but I think that was the sugar. I think my mom lied to me about that one.”
Now, I’m a big believer in freedom of religion – I think it’s great that everyone has the right to worship however and whoever they want, or to not worship at all. I’m not judging Katy’s parents’ faith. I’m just saying, it sounds like… I don’t know, like they were grifters who were incapable of working in the real world, so they used some strange reading of the Bible to make a buck, and they raised their daughter in a really f-cked up way. This makes me more sympathetic towards Katy, and that makes me uncomfortable, because I usually don’t give a crap about her.
In addition to those quotes, CDAN also claims that Katy says that casual sex “grosses her out” and that she only had a few boyfriends as a teenager. She’s mentioned her hatred of casual sex before, to which I can only shrug and mutter something about her fiancé being Shagger of the Year for three years. Oh, and speaking of Russell Brand, Katy bought him a $200,000 ticket on the Virgin Galactic space shuttle. A Virgin rep confirmed it: “It is true. We are very excited to have him onboard. There will be 17-inch diameter windows to look out onto. Passengers will be able to view Earth around 800 miles in any direction from space. They will pop champagne, give you astronaut wings and give you a party.”
One more thing: she wants a bacon bikini, and she wants it for her next album cover. That’s so… going to alienate her Jewish fans. But it’s still kind of interesting. Your move, Gaga.