Katy Perry: I’m ‘always getting kicked & rising from the ashes or something’

Katy Perry

This is Katy Perry’s new ad for Cover Girl. It’s very pretty, right? She may be airbrushed to hell, but she does look quite natural and ethereal in this photo. At least she looks a lot less orange than she does in her “Roar” video. God, so much orange.

I think right now we should all be a little bit grateful for Katy. She may be total pop tart, but her new Prism album comes out next week. I’m interested to see whether or not she will dethrone Miley’s Bangerz from the top of all those charts. I bet Miley is worried about it. Katy’s gimmicks might be annoying in their own way, but at least she’s not selling records with cheap nudity and her tongue.

With her release in sight, Katy is hustling something fierce. Just when I think she’s thrown Russell Brand as far under the bus as far as she can, she goes a little further. Most recently, Katy talked about how Russell’s divorce filing made her suicidal. Now she’s talking up the “higher power” that saved her from the depths of Rusty despair:

Katy Perry says a “higher power” saved her from depression.

The 28-year-old singer believes something helped guide her in the right direction when she was overwhelmed and heartbroken. And she credits this force with changing her life for the better.

“Everybody asked me how I got through that and I would say my friends, working out, vitamins and supplements,” Katy told Entertainment Tonight. “But I think there was just a higher energy, a higher power that was helping shoot me in the right direction. In a more positive direction.”

Katy admitted she was plagued by suicidal thoughts following the end of her 14-month marriage to Russell Brand in December 2011. Russell allegedly broke up with Katy via text message, and she poured her feelings of betrayal and hurt into new album Prism.

“I came out of a small depression by writing this record,” Katy revealed. “A song called By The Grace of God, which is a very vulnerable song, you know. One line talks about me laying on the bathroom floor, looking in the mirror and deciding to stay. You don’t have to really read between the lines of, kind of heavy material there. It’s one of the darkest songs on the record.”

Katy goes on to explain that despite her immense pain and suffering, she is a survivor. She also insists that despite the hardship she endured, it taught her about herself. Katy revealed the experience made her self-reliant and strong.

“I did a lot of self-reflection and that relates to Prism in some ways,” said Katy. “I did a lot of self-reflection in spring of this year and this is where a lot of the songs from Prism came from. I kind of just did a lot of work on myself and gave myself some time and healed up some spots that needed to be healed, and did a lot of self-therapy.

“That seems to be the theme for me… of always getting kicked but coming back up, rising from the ashes or something.”

[From Belfast Telegraph]

I sort of get it. Not really, but I see how Katy has marketed herself as the effervescent woman, the “Firecracker” who shines no matter what happens. She threatened to go dark with this album but thought better of it. This interview is just Katy using her evangelical background to talk up her latest girl-power anthems.

The funny thing is … Katy has no intention of giving up the bad boys who inevitably do her wrong. The Mail claims to have inside word that marriage will happen between Katy and John Mayer: “Everyone knows it’s just a question of when John will propose.” God, that is going to be such a disaster.

Here’s Katy in London on Thursday. This dress is cute in the front and weird in the back.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Photos courtesy of Cover Girl & WENN

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  1. Sixer says:

    She looks as though she’s just seen the man with the box of Black Magic chocolates.

  2. T.fanty says:

    OMG, she’s like, so totally deep and spiritual and stuff.

  3. Sloane Wyat tt says:

    The queen of mixed metaphors, Katy wasn’t always the brightest tool.*

    *“That seems to be the theme for me… of always getting kicked but coming back up, rising from the ashes or something.”

  4. blue marie says:

    When will she quit using Brand as a crutch? It’s become as annoying as her.

    Something nice (because I’m feeling generous) her Cover Girl photo is pretty.

  5. brin says:

    Well get used to it Katy with the kind of guys you pick.

  6. neelyo says:

    I blah blah blah. Me blah blah blah. Self blah blah blah. Survivor!!!

  7. Crabcake says:

    Its called life Katy. We all get pushed down and get back up constantly.

    • Bopit says:

      I know right? The end of a 14 month marriage doesn’t equal the end of the world. What if she had to walk a mile in any one of our shoes and possibly live paycheck to paycheck, battle an illness, or watch her loved one be deployed overseas to fight for our country. For her to suggest she’s a phoenix is a mockery on us women who truly have and are fighting an uphill battle.

    • Nicolette says:

      +1. Exactly, everyone has their ups and downs in life. Sometimes it really feels like you’re being tested or something, but you find the strength to keep going. There are rough patches, and then there are the times (though not often enough) that everything seems to be going well. It is as you said, LIFE.

  8. M says:

    I was going to say that Katy should trade lives with ME to learn what hardship is, but to be fair, I haven’t gone through a divorce with a douche who couldn’t muster up enough f**ks to tell me in person. So maybe she wins.

    • KLaw says:

      She probably loves very deeply (artists tend to be pretty sensitive), and therefore the harsh, impersonal split was extra hard on her. I know how much it hurts. It also happened to me. I also wanted to die 🙁 (hate to admit that, I’m known as very strong)… I feel for her.

  9. MissR says:

    I don’t know why people hate her so much. She is pretty, she doesnt really get nude like her ex best friend or Miley, she writes nice songs (the fact that she’s not writing something deep doesnt make her songs bad) and she seems like a pleasant person to hang out with. I saw her dvd and it was heartbreaking. I felt bad for her.

    Btw, Prism is awesome. AWESOME.

    • Tapioca says:

      I don’t think people really “hate” her, at least not to the extent they do Gaga or The Tongue – it’s just that, like Rihanna, she seems like she never goes away!

      I’ll agree with you that she seems nice, but disagree on PRISM – all the leaked tracks seem so “meh” to me.

      (Even if Roar is a guilty pleasure!)

    • M says:

      So true. I’ve always liked her stuff. And she doesn’t feel she has to parade around naked to sell records.

      • handsome man saved me from the monsters says:

        Umm, have we all forgotten the cupcake bras? She’s only famous for selling sex. If it was a guy in an overcoat with a lollipop on his junk, would we let our kids go to those concerts? Cmon people, I know we have short attention spans but suggesting that Katy Perry doesn’t use her body for fame is outrageous

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I completely agree, handsome man saved me…

        First of all, Katy was naked in her CA Girls video. She does mens magazine shoots where she is only covering her boobs with her hands, etc. So she DOES sell sex.

        Secondly, I wouldn’t mind it that much if she wasn’t directing so much of it at children. I don’t all entertainment should be kid friendly, but if you are directing it at kids, then you have a responsibility to adjust accordingly. On her Teenage Dream album, she REALLY focused her promo efforts at kids. Her CA Girls video was so child-like, as was her Last Friday Night video. Don’t make a immature kiddy video and then sing about ménage à trois and mimmick bjs while performing the song live (regularly done when she sang the lyric “we’ll melt your popsicle” in CA Gurls).

      • Ramona Q. says:

        The shining example of KP’s weird prior slutty baby image that always comes to my mind is the gingerbread boy cutout wearing little boy’s tighty whiteys that was part of her stage decoration. That is weird, pedo effedupedness.

    • lana86 says:

      yeah. She s harmless and funny) Good luck to her!

    • Bridget says:

      Here’s what drives me crazy: she puts out this message of girl power, but reflects none of it. What’s the most notable thing about Katy? She’s dating John Mayer and was married to Russel Brand. And she’s not particularly wholesome, she’s an LA partygirl. She’s even DL friends with Lindsay Lohan.

      So to sum up, I have a hard time with her because she sells these mesaages on empowerment, but isn’t particularly empowered herself.

      • handsome man saved me from the monsters says:

        Thank you tiffany!!! Sorry I couldn’t reply to you directly but that is exactly the point. I have no problem with selling sex to adults, or even teenagers ( lets not be naive,) but she is selling sex to children!! Its disgusting. You seem to be the only other person who recognises it so thank you

  10. starrywonder says:

    God get over it. She is becoming tiresome. Quit talking about your ex. You have already banged several people since you’re split and are so in love with your soulmate John Mayer. Well then own it and quit trying to make people feel sorry for you.

    I am just thinking because of all of the backlash she got on Roar and how Miley Cyrus has overtaken her as hot and edgy she is talking about Brandt since she knows people want to hear about it.

  11. Mar says:

    She is so over rated. Her music sucks and she’s boring.

    • FallingAngel says:

      Agreed. And yet I desperately want her to topple Miley. Katy is obnoxious and unbelievably overrated, sure…but there is just no way to compete with MC in unbearability. No way.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree – I’m not really into Katy’s style of music, but I want her to knock Miley off her high horse.

  12. Jayna says:

    Katy’s lyrics are so cheesy on this album. Turning 29 this month she’s not progressing as a songwriter no matter how deep she says this album is. Give me Bangerz any day over Prism. She will sell way more than Miley. She’s a much bigger popstar. Her average single Roar did huge numbers compared to Gaga’s single even because Katy has a big fanbase built in from Teenage Dream and all of its massive singles as she comes into this album.

    • Dani2 says:

      +1 to everything, I too preferred Bangerz to Prism, Katy’s music is becoming more and more generic, it’s decent pop and it will do very well at the charts but the overall listening experience was so underwhelming. She’s worse live too, did you see her perform “Walking On Air” on SNL? Cheesy as hell and so weak vocally.

      • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

        Natalie Morales of the Today show said earlier this week of that performance that it was amazing. I’m guessing that Natalie doesn’t realize there’s more music out there than silly disposable generic pop music. One of the many reasons why I won’t watch the bimbos and bobbleheads of the Today show.

  13. The Original G says:

    She’s spent more time casting herself a a victim than being married already.

    Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-a-awn! Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-a-awn!

  14. FallingAngel says:

    Girl power? I never knew whining about a downed relationship for far longer than the relationship lasted was a girl power thing. Especially when the guy in the aforementioned relationship was clearly the one guy in your entire relationship history who wasn’t a total loser.

  15. Lisa says:

    I like some of her music, but I find her incredibly cloying.

  16. Lucy Goosey says:

    My only thougt is “Why on God’s earth would anyone want to be married to John Mayer?”

  17. Kiddo says:

    Stop already, she qualified it with or something, which can mean anything. ;-p

    She looks lovely in the top photo with less than usual garish make-up.

  18. TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

    Agree mar and others – she is not the next Janis Joplin or Donna Summer (assuming she’s heard of those actual singers); Tired of her dopey face shilling for products;
    Disappointed that Revlon went with this tacky nitwit when there are great models out there;
    Some of you may not remember but from 1987-1991 Revlon ran it’s unforgettable faces campaign – one of the best ad campaigns ever – real models,supermodels, great styling and photography, and now we have this budget campaign.

  19. kingkayski says:

    By the power of all high and mighty,pl’s save us from this giant ME ME ME ME.

  20. Kassis says:

    There was a really cool band on SNL, last Saturday night. But it wasn’t Katy Perry singing, I don’t think. I’d like to know the name of that band!!

  21. Bridget says:

    Good grief, she is dumb as a box of hair.

  22. Lucy says:

    I have no reason to hate her, and I like that she seems to have a sense of humor…that being said, I find her pretty dumb. Sorry Katy.

  23. Faith says:

    I don’t hate Katy Perry I even like some of her songs but when I read her interviews she comes across somewhat dim. I feel sorry for Russel Brand she’s made a whole schtick out of there break up but if he mentions anything about the marriage he is vilified. I might be biased though since I was a Russel fan before a Katy Perry fan.

  24. Ella says:

    I will say, first off, that she’s not the worst pop artist out there, and she probably is a really nice person in real life. And she is pretty.

    BUT, as others have said, her schtick of “poor me, I’ve suffered so much, I’m so brave to have come through it” is beyond annoying! Let’s remember what this incredible hardship boils down to: She had a breakup. Like millions before and millions after her. There’s nothing to suggest it was even a particularly unusual breakup — I mean, as far as we know, she & Russell just weren’t compatible (lifestyle-wise) and their careers made it hard to spend time together, so the relationship fell apart. The end. Details like “he ended it by text message!” don’t sell it as being unusually traumatic/cruel to me, either. He may in fact have sent her a text about the actual divorce papers, but come on, if she claims she had no idea it was ending before that, she’s lying. The writing was on the wall.

    So, what we have is someone who went through a (by all indications) quite mundane divorce, and although any breakup/divorce is tough, it’s not unique and not really grounds for claiming you’re the BIGGEST SURVIVOR EVER, OMG!

    “Always getting kicked”? Get some perspective, Katy. Nothing is happening to you that isn’t happening to pretty much every human who’s had a relationship with another human.

    • Carolyn says:

      She’s trying that celebrity thing where they try and remind everyone that they’re just like the rest of us.

      Her Covergirl ad is pretty. I like her songs.

    • Bridget says:

      Of course she’s always getting kicked, don’t you know how hard it is out there for pretty girls with big boobs?

  25. kellyinseattle says:

    I’d like to kick her in the ash.

  26. MegG says:

    I’m tired of hearing about her divorce. I’ve met people who have had messier divorces and have had to keep in contact because of The kids.

  27. brumhildawayne says:

    What is up with the Miley shaming!? Is this 2013 where women are allowed to be sexually liberated, or are we sill shaming each other into being prudes? It’s a double standard, as we don’t get on men’s cases for being sexual.

  28. MonkSolo says:

    I like what you said about her taste in men being her problem. She seems to be the poster-girl for this mindset among a lot of young women that they should be really superficial when they pick guys, usually opting for the “bad boy” or the most popular one. She’s definitely a follower, not a leader in that respect. I wish her the best, but no one can save her from herself.