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The Deets On Katy Perry’s Uber-Religious Childhood

Katy Perry looks gorgeous on the new cover of Vanity Fair. And in the accompanying story, she talks about the thing we find the most interesting about her—the fact that she was raised by two ministers in an extremely evangelical household. It’s now common knowledge that Katy started her career as Katy Hudson, a gospel singer who’d only heard secular music at slumber parties, but in this interview she reveals some new details. “I didn’t have a childhood,” she explains, before divulging that she wasn’t allowed to say “Dirt Devil,” as in the vacuum cleaner, and that the only book her mother would read was the Bible.

After the jump, more details Katy’s shared about her upbringing.

  • “Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as ‘Pass the salt..’ It’s a secret, direct prayer language to God.” [CNN]
  • “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… So the New Kids on the Block are new to me now; they’re not a comeback. I’m like, ‘Oh, this is a cool song!’” [MTV]
  • “I wasn’t able to say I was lucky because my mother would rather us say that we were blessed, and she also didn’t like that lucky sounded like Lucifer. I wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms, but I think that was the sugar. I think my mom lied to me about that one.” [CNN]
  • “In our house, no one was allowed to refer to deviled eggs. We had to call them angelic eggs. We were never allowed to swear. I’d get into trouble just for saying ‘Hell no.’ If you dropped a hammer on your toe in our house you had to say something like ‘Jiminy Christmas.’” [Daily Mail]
  • “I am sensitive to Russell taking the Lord’s name in vain and to Lady Gaga putting a rosary in her mouth. I think when you put sex and spirituality in the same bottle and shake it up, bad things happen. Lately, I’ve just been seeing some things that are kind of like, I don’t know, in my own personal feelings, a little bit like not something I would do, I guess. Yes, I said I kissed a girl. But I didn’t say I kissed a girl while f**king a crucifix.” [Celebrity Gossip]

In Vanity Fair, Katy clarifies where she stands on religion now. “At this point, I’m just kind of a drifter,” she said. “I’m open to possibility…. My sponge is so big and wide and I’m soaking everything up and my mind has been radically expanded. Just being around different cultures and people and their opinions and perspectives. Just looking into the sky.”

And she says her parents are cool with that. “I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up,” Katy explains. “Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don’t try to change them anymore, and I don’t think they try to change me. We agree to disagree.”

So interesting. [Vanity Fair]

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