Katy's opened up about her fluid sexuality - go girl!
In the weeks since her split from Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry has been taking her new singleness well within her stride – she even shaved her head and got a cracking new hair ‘do!
And there was more positivity in her life over the weekend, as she received an LGBT equality award, and opened up for the very first time about her dealing with her own sexuality, admitting that she tried to ‘pray the gay away’ as a religious teen.
Katy, 32, burst onto the mainstream music scene in 2005 with her pop banger I Kissed A Girl. And as she collected her National Equality Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Gala on Saturday, she revealed that the song was not only autobiographical, but didn’t manage to tell the whole truth.
‘I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-sized pop songs, for instance: I kissed a girl and I liked it,’ she said while accepting the honour.
‘Truth be told, I did more than that. But how was I going to reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?’
The daughter of Christian preachers, Katy grew up in a strongly religious environment, and spent summers at special ‘Jesus camps’. However, she’d questioned her own sexuality, and realised the possibility of her sexuality being fluid:
‘What I did know was that I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress…
‘When I was growing up homosexuality was synonymous with the word ‘abomination’ and ‘Hell’, a place of gnashing of teeth, continuous burning of skin and probably Mike Pence’s ultimate guest list for a BBQ.
‘…So most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps.’
However, she soon realised that she had nothing to be afraid of, while discovering her musical talents:
‘But then in the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift. And my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble, and my bubble started to burst.
‘These people were nothing like I’d been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I had ever met. … Oh my goddess, what a revelation – and not the last chapter of the Bible.
‘Suffice to say, it’s been a long road for me and I’m sure a long road for many of you out there. I know it doesn’t always feel safe to live out who you are, but here’s the thing, though: I would not have chosen a different road. …
‘You don’t get to choose your family, but you can choose your tribe.’
Way to go, Katy!