Katy Perry on divorce gossip: “No one speaks for me,” not even “my family”

When Russell Brand filed for divorce from Katy Perry on Dec. 30, many people assumed that the long pop cultural nightmare was over. No such luck. Instead, we’ve had to endure an endless dissection of their presumed relationship issues, which include Katy allegedly eschewing motherhood, Russell’s alleged wheelchair fetish, and a bunch of crap from last week’s tabloids. Now the blame game seems to have slowed to a dribble, and the pair are looking towards their own respective separate futures. On an immediate note, the Mail is reporting that organizers of this week’s People Choice Awards have “unceremoniously uninvited” Russell from the ceremony so as to avoid a potential showdown (as if) on the red carpet and not disturb “Katy’s big night” in her lead up to the Grammys. Something tells me that Russell (a.k.a., “Lonely in London“) isn’t too terribly torn up about this turn of events. Hell, this awards show probably wasn’t even on his radar.

In other Katy news, I’m actually starting to feel a bit of pity for her in one regard, which is that her parents are clearly using this divorce (just like the rest of Katy’s career) for their own financial advantage:

Katy Perry’s religious parents have managed to see something positive in the breakdown of their daughter’s one year marriage. The pair spoke about their daughter’s divorce for the first time – from the pulpit of their evangelical church, which was unusually packed it seems.

Pastors Keith and Mary Hudson were seen taking to the stage to speak out about their famous daughter and the audience appeared captivated. The ministers suggested her split with Russell Brand was a gift sent by God – to help them fill churches.

Mary, 63, preached to the Church on the Rise congregation in Westlake, Ohio: “I’m sure that Katy’s trending on the Internet was to get you here to church tonight. I mean all over the world, who knows how God is bringing them in? The most important thing is you are here and God wants to put the fire in you in 2012.”

Mary was dressed in an all black ensemble with over the knee bots and a black jumper which she accessorised with a chunky silver necklace. She and husband Keith, 63, billed themselves as “Katy Perry’s parents” in marketing materials for the event, reported CNN. They spoke for about 90 minutes to 300 worshippers in the first service since Katy’s split with the comedian on Friday. A video was shown before the Hudsons took the stage in Ohio showed them at award shows with Katy.

Keith told the crowd he converted from a drug user to a Christian when he was 24 years old. He added that his daughter’s success had helped the couple share their beliefs with Hollywood superstars. “What has taken place in my daughter’s life has opened many opportunities to go in and be with guarded and gated people. God has given us a platform to go in and meet people — and they like us because we are cool. We are not threatening.

“I love my daughter and I will always love her. Stop being judgmental and critical. Do not close the doors to your loved ones, especially your children. Just because they do not like what you do or what you are, they are still praying that you stay in the race. They are counting on you. I believe in God, for every one of my children.”

[From Daily Mail]

In response, Katy has taken to her Twitter account not only thank her fans for their support but also to dress down her family for talking out of school without permission:

I certainly can’t blame Katy for being so irritated with her parents, who have seen their own fortunes rise along with Katy’s career. It’s rather sickening that they have no problem exploiting their daughter’s personal life for their own financial gains, but this has been an ongoing problem with Katy’s family. Will they actually listen to their daughter this time? Probably not.

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  1. David says:

    Please add where her father went on ugly anti Jewish rant.

  2. samira677 says:

    Katy’s parents are creepy. They’ve always had an up and down relationship but they’ve really exploited her for several years.

  3. Tapioca says:

    She looks really pretty with blonde hair.

    There’s parental sponging and then there’s the Lohans. Using your daughter’s name to fill your church seems a bit harmless compared to the latters complete lack of regard for their daughter’s welfare. It would be nice if Mom & Pop Hudson would zip it, but count your blessings Katy.

    And that your father hasn’t commented on your boobs à la Pastor Pop Simpson!

    • gg says:

      And maybe it would help if the parents didn’t “brand” themselves (no pun intended) as the “cool preachers” they come off as cringingly trying too hard – the thigh-high boots on the old lady minister in church, while preaching, are all kinds of WRONG. Lady, please dress better. You’re not looking like someone who knows anything about anything if you wear that.

      • Kelly says:

        Yeah, the parents are horrifying. The dad has that red, plucked-chicken skin and he is doing himself no favors with that open-necked shirt and medallion. What a douche. Russell must’ve been completely mortified to have to pose with those people.

        On the other hand, Katy herself – one thing I absolutely cannot stand is the devil-horns and the tongue. Why do celebrities do this? Why???

  4. DarkEmpress says:

    Parents cannot be controlled!!! If I broke up with my boyfriend and my mom had the opportunity to comment on it, she would need a press conference! Poor Katy. I feel for her. Imagine all the “We told you so’s and come back to god lectures she is getting! Every time something goes wrong in my life; my mom invites me to church. Love her!!!

  5. Eleonor says:

    It seems their parents attended to Joe Jackson’s classes on how to profit from your famous children. I feel for her.

  6. Maya says:

    You marry someone…you marry their family.
    I’m betting Brand is glad to be out of that marriage.

  7. Olivia says:

    She deserves her parents. They are all irritating, useless, big-mouthed attention whores. I bet Russell Brand is glad to be free from the whole bunch.

  8. Girl says:

    So maybe they don’t sound quite as exploitative as Kardashian or Lohan parents but this is still incredibly tacky and I would imagine pretty hurtful to their daughter. I think they can wait till at least the divorce is final before they start milking it for alter calls? Though I think it is terrible if they ever do it but FFS, the divorce was hardly filed 2 weeks ago.

  9. Flan says:

    Used to dislike her, but somehow start liking her more and more.

    She might be boozing, but I believe her heart is in the right place.

  10. stephanie says:

    can’t but feel bad for her w/ family like that….

  11. lolab says:

    Meh, they use eachother. Her parents seem apalling, but Katy’s marketed herself as a naughty catholic schoolgirl from the get go. Always talking about her conservative background is part of her virgin-whore public image she sells: “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way – I love Jesus ya’ll!”

    Seems to me more than anything, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

  12. TheOriginalKitten says:

    “God has given us a platform to go in and meet people — and they like us because we are cool. We are not threatening.”

    Sorry but these people sound completely batshit.

  13. Jennifer12 says:

    Long, ugly excerpt where Katy’s dad rants on about the evil Jews. Sickening. It would be nice, though, if Katy denounced it and said, “I don’t agree with him.” And she hasn’t.

  14. gg says:

    I hope Russell saw this header photo and decided to start buttoning up his shirts.

  15. skuddles says:

    Katy needs to divorce her parents… they sound very toxic.

  16. sam says:

    Are you sure this statement isn’t just in reference to the ‘source’ who announced that Russell likes the kinky wheelchair video?

    Seems to me that she is just trying to null the ridiculous rumors and speculation. Good on her for asserting herself.

  17. Stephanie says:

    I really like her with the blonde hair.