Pop Quiz: Katy Perry

Aidin Vaziri | Everybody is falling fast for Katy Perry, whose song “I Kissed a Girl” was just blocked from topping the iTunes Top 100 by those evil guys in Coldplay. Have you no heart, Chris Martin? This girl is sweet. Raised by pastor parents in Santa Barbara, she nearly became a Christian rock star as a teenager before coming to her senses, dying her hair black and defecting to the dark side of mainstream pop. Her first single, which was charmingly called “Ur So Gay,” served as a kiss-off to an eyeliner wearing ex, and she will be spending her summer traveling the country with the sweaty, tattooed men of the Warped Tour. We spoke to the 23-year-old Perry shortly after she made a bizarre cameo on “The Young and the Restless.”

Katy Perry
Q: Your parents were both pastors. What’s the best thing you did inside a church?
A: That sounds provocative. I never crossed that line. As much as I’m like a bad girl, I still have roots. I’m glad to believe there is something bigger out there than me.
Q: When you were 13, you tried to smuggle an Incubus CD into your house and it broke in half. Do you think God was trying to save you?
A: I don’t know. It was just one of those moments. Imagine being a 13-year-old kid and something like that happening. I was like, “I’ll never do it again!”
Q: Did your parents pick up the issue of Penthouse with the two-page spread on you?
A: I don’t think they have. It wasn’t like I was spread-eagled. It was just an article in the music section with stock photos. I’ve got hearts and stars and rainbows all over my record cover, so we’ve got to reach the boys somehow. Continue reading.


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