Katy Perry: No Sex Would Kill Me


Feb. 6 2009, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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Katy Perry was nominated for Best Pop Female Vocal at this year’s Grammys for “I Kissed a Girl,” and she knows the reason why.

“It’s a catchy little number and most people are in on the joke,” says Katy, 24. “So maybe that’s why it’s such a hit — it’s every girl’s unspoken wish, spoken.” We caught up with her to get her take on All Things Katy.

OK!: Congrats on your first nomination! How does it feel?

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The Grammys are something you dream about when you first start singing. You see people accept their awards, bawling their eyes out, and it sticks with you.

OK!: How did you write "I Kissed a Girl" ?

I had always heard people telling these stories about keeping journals beside their beds, waking up and the middle of the night and writing songs. I never really believed it until I had this dream where I kissed a girl, woke up and was so moved by it that I wrote everything down. And, wow, it turned into this hit song. Of course the one question I always get asked is if I have really kissed a girl. Well, this one is a gimme, you don’t even have to ask it. Yes, I have kissed a girl.

OK!: What was that entire flap over you saying that you were going celibate for a year?

Celibacy for a whole year? Are you kidding? I’d rather die. I’m a continual prankster and a jokester. I don’t think people realize how silly I can be. I said that as a joke.

OK!: Your parents are staunchly religious. Have they been supportive of you?

They have been, and I’m lucky. Of course, they’re protective, but I guess that’s good. My dad has a bit of Pentecostal flair — he’s hilarious. I was raised nondenominational Christian and a little evangelical.

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OK!: What are you planning to sing about on your next album?

I’ll start really thinking about it at the end of the summer. I still want to make a pop record, make people move a little bit more.

OK!: What do you expect from this next tour?

 I’m making it sound bigger and brighter, a really entertaining show. I get bored with performers who wear jeans and T- shirts onstage. They think that’s all they need. I like to see a show come to life, along with the eye candy.

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OK!: How do you stay in shape on the road?

I get a workout by being onstage for an hour every night, so I don’t have to do a whole lot. Drinking lots of water and skipping fruit juice is the easiest trick. Another thing I swear by is jumping rope. I hate working out, but I love jumping rope; it’s like dancing. I can double jump, I can cross, I can do all of it. I look like Rocky!

OK!: What will you wear at the Grammys?

I don’t know yet, but you can expect it to be fun, colorful and happy!


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