GQ.com – Not very long ago, she was strumming a guitar on the street and getting paid in avocados. Today she’s the most cartoonishly ubiquitous pop star on Earth. Katy Perry gives Amy Wallace an earful about aliens (real), her world-famous body (real), her “relationship” with Obama, and what the hell she was thinking before she went full geisha at the American Music Awards.
It smells like weed in here. Weed and doughnuts.
We’re in the basement of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, backstage at the American Music Awards, in a dressing-room suite that would be spacious if not for all the frenzied humanity crammed inside. Katy Perry sits atop a tall director’s chair surrounded by the many, many members of her team: voice coach, two hairstylists, one makeup artist, a costumer, and several others who hover and hand Perry things without her asking: Breath mints. Her phone. Eye drops for her enormous anime eyes. Special pills prescribed by her ear, nose, and throat guy to keep her voice from drying out pre-performance. “It happens,” Perry says. “It’s the nerves.”
She doesn’t seem the slightest bit nervous. Which is impressive when you consider that the 29-year-old diva (who’s never really seemed like one) is trying something different tonight. Perry has always played a dual role in the culture: at once a full-on male fantasy and a symbol of empowerment who inspires young girls. No other artist has so seamlessly blended teenage dreams and grown-up misadventures, singing about hickeys and crushes, yes, but also threesomes, blackouts, and strangers in your bed. Now, on prime-time television, she’s about to twist her image one more quarter turn, transforming from America’s audacious, outrageous cleavage-bot into its selfless, doting concubine. At precisely five o’clock, she will kick off the awards show with a Japanese spectacle featuring fluttering fan dancers, four men pounding on gongs, a forest of rolling topiary, and a metric ton of faux cherry blossoms.
Now the smell of a different type of flora—Cannabis sativa—wafts in from the hallway…. Ah, okay, Rihanna’s suite is twenty feet away. “Everyone is high!” Perry declares, giggling. She means everyone else: “The weed—I’m not friends with it.” She is bare-shouldered, bare-legged, barefooted—bare-everythinged, basically, except for the wig cap on her head and the teensy light blue Hello Kitty terry-cloth wrap that cinches above her breasts and ends where butt meets thigh. “I can’t do that stuff. I’d be like in the corner: ‘Are you trying to kill me?!’ ”
But that sugar-sweet doughnut reek? Perry takes responsibility. The doughnuts are gone—the victims, it seems, of a fried-dough orgy that ended before I arrived.
She starts warming up her voice: “Eee, eee, eee, eee, EEE, eee, eee, eee, eee!” Five notes up, four notes down, a sort of pitch-perfect keening.
“A little whinier and looser,” her voice coach commands. “Make your tongue super-loose.”
“Ex-cuse me?” she responds, batting her lashes, enjoying the vague reference to naughty things one can do with one’s mouth, then blasts out another scale. “Good,” says the coach, dodging a mascara wand and a hot curling iron to play another note on his iPad keyboard. “Now, really whiny. Say: Gwah!”
“Gwa, gwa, gwa, gwa, GWAH,” Perry projects, extending her legs, crossing them at the ankles and resting her heels on the makeup table. As someone slips a pair of glittery tabi socks onto her feet, a blur of others poke at her and tug at her and dust her face with Super White theatrical powder.
“It takes a village!” she trills, and the crew laugh anxiously. Her geisha wig has yet to be secured to her head. Her pink kimono is draped on a hanger. In just twenty-five minutes, she’s supposed to go live.
Katy is looking absolutely stunning on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Marie Claire (US) — scans to be added shortly! An extract from the interview is posted below; read the rest on the Marie Claire website.
KATY PERRY HAS HAD A HELL OF A COUPLE OF YEARS. In case you missed it: Amid a best-selling tour for a multiplatinum album, there was a divorce, a walk on the dark side, then a new relationship, a breakup, a make-up, and a return to a lighter side—all of which led to the release last October of her third album, Prism, that has since produced the chart-toppers “Roar” and “Unconditionally” and debuted at No. 1 with the biggest sales week of her career. Got all that?
Being Perry is a vigorous effort, even as she shoots whipped cream out of her bra and sings about kissing girls and teenage dreams to hordes of “KatyCat” fans. Her last album, Teenage Dream, tied with Michael Jackson’s Bad for the most No. 1 hits (five) off of a single record, and her multimillion-dollar empire includes partnership deals with CoverGirl, Eylure eyelashes, and Popchips; three best-selling fragrances (Purr, Meow!, and Killer Queen); and voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs movies. And she’s not about to slow down now. “I’m never going to be lazy, because there are 500 other people waiting in line for this position,” she says.
Today, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter is in rehearsals at the CenterStaging studios in Burbank, California, for her tour that kicks off in May and will travel all over the globe through fall 2015. In a faded zip-up Aviator Nation sweatshirt borrowed from boyfriend John Mayer and leopard-print sweatpants, Perry looks more like a track athlete at an away game than pop’s reigning Teen Dream Pop Queen. Around her, dancers and backup vocalists warm up, and band members rehearse “Roar,” which Perry will perform later in the week on Saturday Night Live. Her assistant lugs four large black bags, explaining that these are Perry’s closet giveaways; crew members draw a number and take turns going through the mountains of clothing that Perry is off-loading. (She is generous with concert tickets, too. On tour, she bikes around in a baseball cap and sweats with 10 tickets in her pocket to give to unsuspecting kids.)
If you wonder how Perry has time for a personal life with all this empire-building, often that is part of the enterprise, too. “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable. When you try to market yourself like some supernatural figurine who can’t be fucked with, I always resort back to Scripture: Pride comes before a fall.”
Get ready to “Roar:” Katy Perry has a new gig, and it’s a good one.
The pop star, who’s long been known for her lovely, bold and often irreverent beauty looks, has been tapped to be the latest CoverGirl spokesmodel for a series of ads that will debut in Spring 2014. This first-look photo shows the star with a soft, fresh face, complete with long lashes, rosy cheeks and just a hint of that ’90s style she’s been rocking lately.
“In addition to music, I’ve always considered makeup to be a powerful creative avenue of self-expression,” Perry (who has made forays into beauty before with a fragrance and eyelash line) said in a statement. “I’m honored to partner with CoverGirl and share more colors and textures of my approach to beauty to inspire my audience.”
And though this first shot is somewhat subdued, the release promises to showcase “a breadth of bold new beauty looks” highlighting products developed by legendary makeup artist (and the brand’s global creative director) Pat McGrath. “Katy is the embodiment of a true CoverGirl — someone we root for, identify with, and get inspiration from,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager. “We have been admirers of her music and her style for a long time, and are looking forward to a beautiful journey together.”
Are you loving Katy Perry’s new role as CoverGirl spokesmodel? What beauty looks are you hoping to see in her ads?
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 Candids > 2012 > June 25: Signing autographs and posing for photos with fans while leaving JKL
With her new movie “Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D” set to hit theaters on July 5th, Katy Perry garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the July/August 2012 of L’Uomo Vogue magazine.
The 27-year-old pop star showed off her unique style in pieces from Philipp Plein, Ports 1961 and Dolce & Gabbana for the Francesco Carrozzini shot spread while dishing about everything from style and music to same sex marriages and Madonna.
Highlights from Miss Perry‘s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to L’Uomo Vogue!
On the effect of spending time in Nashville:
“I went to Nashville to officially record a gospel album, but I wound up with artists and composers of various other types of music far more secular, like country and folk. At that time there was also a very lively indie scene. I think there I learned to compose songs that are intended to tell a story, in which the text plays an important role and is not relegated to the role of mere filler. Songs in which to express my personality and my feelings, because that can possibly resonate with the listener. It was there that I made my first acquaintance with the music of great artists like Jonatha Brooke and Patty Griffin, but the most formative of my career as a songwriter was perhaps finally finding myself alone with my guitar, free to create. ”
On her desire to ‘evolve like Madonna’:
“I think Madonna, especially early in his career, when she was laying the foundations of her character, has been able to evolve constantly, managing to give the audience at every appearance a new visual interpretation and concept of herself. She was able to keep up the interest of the people, because you never knew with what she would come out with the next time. And, regularly, has offered a solid and consistent musical product. I hope to do the same, to make sure that people continue to be interested in me and in ten years, to find out, looking back, I have produced songs that will never be forgotten.”
On her opinion about the recent statements by President Obama in favor of marriage between same sex couples:
“I believe in equality. I believe in love without any limits. I come from a family environment where the topic lived with many prejudices, but I have shrugged them off. I hope that one day we will look to this period somewhat ‘as today we look to the period of the civil rights struggles of blacks in America in the ’60s, which is a mixture of shame and how we are happy for the progress made.”
On her look:
“My sense of style is like one of those rings that change color with mood, always evolving. When I get up, I choose my outfit depending on my mood. If it is a ‘mixture of many things’ it is because I feel many different emotions at the same time, to the point where you feel you almost have a split personality.”
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With her new movie “Katy Perry: Part of Me” set to hit theaters on July 5th, Katy Perry garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the June/July 2012 of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The 27-year-old pop star looked picture perfect for the Joe Pugliese shot spread while dishing about everything from depicting her divorce in her upcoming film to her goal of starting her own record label.
Highlights from Miss Perry‘s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to The Hollywood Reporter!
On her failed go at wedded life:
“I still believe in love and marriage. I’ve just learned lessons along the way. I regret nothing.”
On using class and truth when it came to her depiction of a whirlwind romance gone wrong in her upcoming movie:
“Like how I write my songs, honesty has always worked for me. So if it ain’t broke, why f—ing fix it?“
On deciding to spend her own money to help finance her movie:
“My frugal business manager [Bernie Gudvi of GSO Business Management], God bless him, was sweating, and I was like, ‘Please trust me.’ That’s kind of been the mantra I’ve said to everyone my whole life: ‘Trust me, I have a vision.’”
On her plans to start her own record label:
“When it does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success.”
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Katy Perry‘s fans were in for a big surprise on Wednesday night when they attended a screening for the pop star’s Paramount documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me.
Clad in a red floral dress with an open back, the “Wide Awake” singer popped up at the theater inside The Grove in Los Angeles just as the lights went down for the viewing to begin.
Once Perry arrived, she told the crowd,”You guys are all so cute, even all the way to the back,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
“Little girls rushed the screen as Katy walked around slapping hands and greeting fans,” the source says. “She managed to sign some autographs and pose for a few pictures before trying to disperse the massive crowd that had gathered around her.”
Perry, who said a few more sweet things to her admirers on the mic, “was all smiles and seemed genuinely excited for her young fans to see the film,” the insider says, adding, “The start of the screening was delayed a good 10-15 minutes before Katy sat down in the middle of the screaming crowd for a bit.”
Katy Perry brought her patriotic sprit to New York’s Fleet Week, lighting up Pier 9 in Brooklyn for a special concert for troops. Members of the sea services stepped off their ships to enjoy a rousing show, with Perry sparkling in an American flag-style dress.
When MTV News caught up with Perry moments before she took the stage at the waterfront Pepsi Fleet Week Katy Perry “Part of Me” Concert, she said she was thrilled to put on a show in their honor: “I think if anyone deserves a party, I think it’s probably the people in service. They are the ones that are actually deployed and protecting us from all the bad guys, and they deserve to celebrate, and they deserve to be celebrated,” she said. “I’ve always heard about Fleet Week in New York; I’ve never been a part of it. It’s really exciting to see a lot of seamen in white, but they all look gorgeous. It’s kind of vintage-y feeling and really patriotic, and I love a theme. So, it’s really cool to be a part of this and be entertaining for them. I think that it’s appropriate to go out there in a little dress, and they’re all in uniform.”
Perry performed her hit songs “Teenage Dream,”Part of Me,” and her newest single “Wide Awake,” which was written for her upcoming 3-D movie, “Katy Perry: Part of Me.”
Yet, the highlight of the night was when Perry chose one lucky U.S. Marine from the crowd to join her onstage to recreate the iconic WWII photo of a sailor’s kiss in Times Square. A 20-year-old Marine was more than happy to oblige, planting a big kiss on the pop star in front of a screaming crowd.
“I’m sure that they all have cabin fever, so I’m going to bring the one that has the most cabin fever onstage,” Perry said. “I have cabin fever, for crying out loud!”
Perry’s new flick, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” hits theatres July 5.
Though she launched six (yes, six) number-one hits off her CD, Teenage Dream, pop phenom Katy Perry has faced a number of personal struggles in the last year or so, including a high-profile divorce from her husband, Russell Brand.
The divorce is highlighted in her new 3-D documentary, Part of Me, out July 5; and as the 27-year-old revealed on ELLEN, the decision to include her personal highs and lows was “important.”
What else did she reveal?
“I think sometimes people think that we’re perfect, and we know we’re not perfect, at all,” she said, on the episode airing Tuesday. “I think it’s important [to] start breaking down the idea that, to achieve your dream, you always have to be perfect, or flawless or live in some kind of fantasy world.
“That’s why I decided to put everything into the film, in the most tasteful way,” she added. “But mostly it’s about how I go there and the ride along the way — which can be bumpy. But, mostly, it was extremely fun.”
Since her marriage ended at the end of 2011, Katy — who has reportedly split from her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling lookalike Robert Ackroyd — has been pretty vocal about what went down — mostly through song, that is. Two of her singles — ‘Part of Me’ and her latest song, ‘Wide Awake’ — have lyrics that appear to be about her one-year marriage to the British funnyman.
Russell himself talked about his split from Katy in a recent interview with Ellen, in which he said, “I love her as a human being.”
“Sometimes when you’re in a relationship I suppose it doesn’t work out, does it? But that doesn’t mean I regret it or anything. I was happy to be married with her,” he added.
Katy Perry is back on the market — again.
The 27-year-old singer has split from Florence + the Machine guitarist, Robert Ackroyd. The pair started dating about a month ago when they were photographed kissing at Coachella Music Festival.
“It wasn’t that serious,” a source tells Us Weekly of Perry‘s relationship with Ackroyd. “It’s not a nasty thing and they are still talking, but Katy told him to do his thing and they’ll talk soon.”
“No hard feelings,” another source explains to Us. “She’s really busy and so is he.”
Perry still appears to be coping with her divorce from Russell Brand, 36. Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, the “Part of Me” singer seemed to address their divorce after 14-months of marriage during a performance of her new song, “Wide Awake.”
“I’m wide awake. I was in the dark, I was falling hard with an open heart,” she sings. “How did I read the stars so wrong. I was dreaming for so long. I wish I knew then what I know now. I wouldn’t dive in, I wouldn’t bow down.”
But, Perry says (through song) that she’s moved on.
“Not losing any sleep, I picked up every piece and landed on my feet,” the song continues. “Need nothing to complete myself. I am born again, out of the lion’s den. I don’t have to pretend. The story’s over now, the end.”
And Perry even brought a hot date to the awards — her 91-year-old grandmother! “My date to tonight’s Billboard Music Awards is hotter than the Las Vegas weather,” she tweeted. “Smokin’!”
She’s been doing her best to boost interest in her summer 3D movie, and Katy Perry amped up promotions by landing the cover of the May 2012 issue of Teen Vogue magazine.
The 27-year-old “Firework” singer looked colorful in a wild blue coif along with a Zac Posen gown, CC Skye earrings, Atelier Swarovski by Zaldy bracelets and Sermoneta Gloves gloves as she posed for the Sebastian Kim shot spread.
Meanwhile, highlights from Miss Perry‘s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Teen Vogue!
On whether she still gets excited over strong response to her music:
“Of course! I’m not like, ‘Ugh, number one again.’ It’s funny, though—my label gets so caught up in the statistics, just because they’re excited. But for me, I don’t need to grind it into anyone’s head that I’m popular. If you like my music, great, and if you don’t, whatever. I’m going to keep making it either way. This does feel a bit like the record that never ends. But I wanted to release The Complete Confection for the hard-core fan who wants everything: three new songs, the remixes, and it’s all in a cute little package.”
On deciding to make a movie:
“I wanted to document the tour, because when we started to book these really big venues, I felt like I was going all in. And I figured that by the end of it I’d be bankrupt or else I’d look like the smartest music businesswoman of my age, and I thought either outcome would be interesting. More than that, though, I wanted to show people this parade that surrounds me … I wanted them to see the engine. I think sometimes they look at me and wonder, How is it possible that she continues to have this kind of success? Why are the stars so aligned for her? But, while that is a factor, it’s not the whole story. I also work my tail off! And, of course, I wanted people to be able to experience the tour and all the joy it brought, which is why we shot it in 3-D. And this is amazing 3-D. It’s definitely not just a marketing tool.”
On whether she was inspired by other pop documentaries:
“A little. Madonna is everything to me, and that movie is amazing because it caught her at a time when she was a bit more vulnerable. I wanted to do that too, to capture a snapshot of who I am now so that I can remind myself what I’ve lost if I ever do become totally jaded. [Laughs]”
On being a little more glamorous than the average singer-songwriter:
“I don’t like to take fashion too seriously. I love it, and I am so grateful when big brands want to associate with me, but mostly I just want to take chances and have fun and truly live. And sometimes that means wearing some ridiculous, cat-inspired outfit rather than whatever happens to be in this season.”
On whether she sees herself getting tired of being famous:
“I’m tired of being famous already! But I’m not tired of creating. Fame is, I think, just a disgusting by-product of what I do. It’s quite a delicate creature— it’s a wild animal of sorts. It can love you, and then it can attack you. I still want to be as approachable and relatable as possible—when I meet fans and they’re crying, I’ll say, “Calm down, there’s nothing to cry about. I’m not going to bite you or attack you or grant you three wishes. Let’s just hang out and have a good time.” But really, I stopped focusing on what other people think a while ago. If you try to be everything to everyone, you’ll only end up completely confused.”
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Since first announcing she’d be starring in her own 3-D concert movie, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” Katy Perry has kept fans in the loop about the film. In keeping with that routine, she’s just revealed the release date for the summer flick.
“My concert documentary is coming out Fourth of July weekend. Go and see it and be a firework!” she told E! News at the Kids’ Choice Awards. The film was directed by Magical Elves Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, who also served as producers on Justin Bieber’s highly successful “Never Say Never” concert movie.
“The atmosphere I grew up in was 100 percent church. I started singing and I never really had another plan,” she said in a TV spot that began airing over the weekend, which is also full of vintage, behind-the-scenes footage of the singer. After kicking it old-school, a montage of her music videos leads up to colorful concert footage of the singer from her California Dreams Tour.
“If you have a dream, you have to go on a journey to fulfill that dream,” she says in the clip. The tease closes out with Perry dressed up as her “T.G.I.F.” alter ego, Kathy Beth Terry.
“This film, you’re going to see it from my best friend/ buddy perspective, you’re going to see exactly what I mean and feel and think about everything,” Perry recently told MTV News. “Listen, I’ve [worked on] most of this film for a very long time and the word ‘cheap’ was not in the vocabulary,” she said. “But, hello, it’s 3-D. You’re going to get hit with a lot of sh–.” To add to the excitement for the movie, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were recently spotted shooting something that will appear in the film.
“That tour was so life-changing to me. I learned so much, I went through so much along the way,” Perry said. “I’m not necessarily trying to prove anything to anyone, but not only will people really hands-down know me after they see this film, but you’ll see me as the Dorothy wearing the red ruby slipper, and at the end of it all I’m the [Wizard of] Oz as well.”