She hit the limelight with ‘I kissed a girl’ and went to the top of the BiIlboard singles with ‘Roar’ but here are five little known facts about pop star Katy Perry.
Drugs and Rock and Roll
Katy Perry’s real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson and her father, Maurice Keith Hudson, used to hang with Timothy Leary, the American psychologist and controversial advocate of the drug LSD who was described by President Richard Nixon as the ‘most dangerous man in America.’
Her mother, Mary Christine Perry, dated one of the most famous proponents of rock and roll, the singer and guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
Spreading the Gospel
Maurice and Mary later became born-again Christians and Pentecostal pastors who did not allow Katy to listen to secular music.
In a 2008 interview with MTV, Katy said, “I was raised in a very pseudo-strict religious household where the only thing on the menu was ‘Oh Happy Day’, ‘His Eye Is on the Sparrow’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ – all eight verses of it.”
At age 16, she released her debut gospel studio album titled, ‘Katy Hudson’.
Rolling With the Stones
Katy also got close to rock and roll royalty when she sang backing vocals on Mick Jagger’s song ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ which won the ‘2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song’.
And in an interview in Australia’s NovaFM’s morning show in 2013, Katie had this to say about the old rocker: “I actually went to dinner with him one time and he hit on me one time when I was like 18”.
But Jagger’s publicist released a statement saying, “Mick Jagger categorically denies that he has ever made a pass at Katy Perry. Perhaps she is confusing him with someone else.”
In Honor of Freddie Mercury
This is what Katy had to say about Freddie Mercury and his band Queen: “Queen’s track ‘Killer Queen’ made me discover music and helped me come into my own at the age of 15.
“The way Freddie Mercury delivered his lyrics just made me feel like a confident woman; I’d say his fingerprint is all over me.”
In honor of the 1974 hit song, Katy named her third fragrance ‘Killer Queen.”
Queen of Twitter
Justin Bieber used to be King of twitter until he lost his crown in November 2013 to Katy Perry who edged him out with her 46. 48 million followers as opposed to his 46.47 million. She then set a new record at the end of January 2014 when she became the most followed person on Twitter with more than 50 million followers.
Forbes analyzed the success of Katy and the other top Twitter celebrities: “Like the other young pop stars on this list, Perry makes excellent use of Twitter, talking to her fans and sharing funny photos and videos in a way that makes them all feel like Perry is their best buddy.”