Katy Perry BiographyKaty Perry is an American singer and songwriter who stormed the music scene at 15. In 2001, her debut album "Katy Hudson" didn't chart due to low sales, but her next record "One of the Boys", recorded in the pop-rock genre, made it to the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
ChildhoodKaty Perry's real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She was born on October 25, 1984, and was the second child of Maurice and Mary Hudson. The parents of the future celebrity were pastors in a Pentecostal church. Both had eventful youths: Mary once dated Jimi Hendrix, and Maurice had his fair share of acid trips with Timothy Leary.
Now they are accustomed to my dark humour, constant sarcasm about anything. Even when I thought I was a zealous Christian as a child, they saw the real me. I think I became complete only when I left my parents' house. I had no idea that there was another world beyond all this church nonsense - it was like Alice's fall into the rabbit hole.
Beginning of CareerKaty's interest in music was awakened by her older sister. She used to listen to and sing along to the church music tapes from her sister's collection. For her 13th birthday, Katy received an acoustic guitar as a gift from her parents and soon wrote her first original song.
The musicians took her under their wing and invited her to their recording studio, where Katy Perry's first demos were recorded. They helped her master the guitar and learn to write great songs. In March 2001, Katy released her debut album "Katy Hudson", recorded in the Christian pop genre.
BreakthroughIn 2007, under the aegis of Capitol Records, Katy released the EP "Ur so Gay". She didn't have high hopes for the track – it was recorded for her own enjoyment. Some critics saw the song's lyrics as promoting homophobia and gay bashing. Others, on the contrary, saw promotion of LGBT. Katy's parents even criticized the song: "We hate this music. It promotes homosexuality, and according to the Bible, that's a grave sin."
Further CareerKaty Perry began working on her fourth solo album "Prism" in November 2012. In an interview with Vogue, she stated that the new recordings would be "dark and full of disappointment" as she reflected her personal experiences due to her breakup with her husband (read more about this in the "Personal Life" section below). Almost at the last moment, she rethought the concept - the new songs inspired self-improvement, overcoming difficulties, and moving forward.
In July 2017, Katy Perry's fifth studio album "Witness" was released, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
The year 2019 turned out not very successful for Katy. First, the joy of the engagement to Orlando Bloom was smeared by a lawsuit accusing her of plagiarism. Rapper Flame considered the beat from Katy Perry's song "Dark Horse" to be plagiarism of his composition "Joyful Noise", released in 2008. The jury obliged the singer to pay her colleague 550 thousand dollars.
Katy Perry beyond musicIn 2009, Katy was invited to make a cameo in the comedy "Get Him to the Greek" with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill in the leading roles. Unfortunately, her scene was cut during the final edit.
The singer appeared in episode 15 of season 6 of the popular series "How I Met Your Mother". She played a sweet and naive girl whom Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) suddenly opened up to.
Katy Perry's Personal LifeAt the dawn of her career, Katy Perry dated musician Justin York for about a year (from 2002 to 2003). After their breakup, she started a romance with Canadian musician Matthew Thiessen, which lasted until 2006.
On July 14, 2012, the celebrities finalized their divorce. As it turned out later, the reason was Russell's jealousy – after seeing paparazzi photos of Katy holding hands with guitarist Robert Ackroyd, he flew into a rage. Brand himself claimed that he gave up on their marriage too early and considers it the biggest mistake of his life.
A couple of weeks later, they were caught kissing at an Adele concert. In April, they officially made their first public appearance as a couple at the Coachella music festival. That same summer, paparazzi photographed the couple during a canoe trip: Katy was in a bikini, and Orlando was completely naked.