2017 will continue to be a year of changes for pop star Katy Perry. Despite only being four months into the year, the “Chained To The Rhythm” singer has already ditched her trademark dark locks, her longtime boyfriend, and now the singer is ditching her “cutesy” girly style for a “more androgynous” look. However, with these changes has come reflection on her past, as the singer opened up to Vogue about her religious childhood – being the daughter of evangelical Christian pastors who sheltered her from the secular modern world in “a bubble beyond the bubble” of “like-minded community and schooling” – and how her strict upbringing affected who she is today.
“My house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; [we didn’t] celebrate Halloween…The schools were really makeshift,” Katy recalled. “Education was not the first priority.” She was not “allowed to interact with gay people,” she remembered, and “there [was] some generational racism.”
And when it came to pop culture (the field in which she’s made her career), Katy confessed to not knowing much about mainstream artists until she was older. “We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts.” Katy additionally told the mag she remembered handing out pamphlets titled How to Find God while at a Marilyn Manson concert in Santa Barbara as a child.
However, Katy said that her bubble-like upbringing only sparked her curiosity. “I came out of the womb asking questions, curious from day one, and I am really grateful for that: My curiosity has led me here. Anything I don’t understand, I will just ask questions about.”
While she has finally gotten to the point of “agreeing to disagree” with her parents, the singer admitted that she began seeing a therapist five years ago. “It’s changed my life,” she said. “When I am in the room I am just Katheryn Hudson, which is amazing because people in my position hear yes too much, and it kills them or makes them completely disconnected from reality—and I don’t want that.”
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