Katy Perry Poses For ‘Glamour,’ Talks Learning From The Past
2017 may have been a challenging year for Katy Perry, but she opened up about how she turned her struggles into a learning experience in an interview with Glamour. The 33-year-old sat down with her friend Cleo Wade before hitting the road for Witness: The Tour to reflect on the past and shed some light on how she plans to move forward. She also posed for a bold photoshoot shot by Emma Summerton. Delivering a series of chic looks and posing outdoors, she looks every bit the indomitable pop princess we know and love.
The cover of the magazine promises to reveal “what’s next” for the “Bon Appetit” siren, but the feature chiefly talks about her path to happiness and learning to let go of negativity. “That was challenging for me, because I didn’t realize how much I relied on the outside validation,” she explained. “I thought that I didn’t, but once you get kicked down the mountain a little bit, you realize that the weather really is better at the top. It’s been really necessary for me to go through that. [And I’ve learned that] people don’t relate to someone who is perfect or always winning anyway.”
With happiness as an end goal, Katy opened up about finding balance between her personal and professional lives to live authentically. “This last year has been about killing my ego, which has been really necessary for my career. But for my personal life, it doesn’t work that way. If I want to have that true balance, I have to step into being Katheryn Hudson.”
Katy also turned her attention toward her judging position on the new season of American Idol. While talking about her ambitions for the show, she explained Simon Cowell was her favorite judge but voiced some hesitancy to channel his iconic criticisms herself. “Simon could be mean, because he’s an executive and a man. But you reverse the role, and all of a sudden you’re a bitch. So I’m cautious,” she said.
In a second post, the socially conscious hitmaker opened up about the controversial lyrics behind her breakthrough single “I Kissed A Girl.” Although the song flew to the top of the charts upon its release in 2008, it has been critiqued for seeming to trivialize queer sexuality. “If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve,” Katy said.
Katy also shares some advice for her younger self and talks about her resolutions for 2018 in the feature. Rumor has it that she has already begun cooking up a follow-up to Witness, so it is refreshing to see she is going into the new year rejuvenated and ready for a big return. Scroll through a gallery of the chic pics up top and read the rest of her interview here!