Katy Perry: “I Never Wanted To Be Famous… Fame Is Disgusting”
Katy Perry reveals she “never wanted to be famous.”
“Fame is truly a byproduct of the dream that I had,” she tells Rolling Stone in extra tidbits that didn’t make the cover story.
“People want to be recognized for their work, but nobody wants to be famous for nothing,” says the pop star.
Perry notes, “Fame is, I think, disgusting. And it’s really hard to separate your public life from your personal life. Useless fame is disgusting. I think if you’ve got a talent or something to offer, a creative thing to offer to the world, then I think that’s beautiful. But that famous for nothing thing is kind of gross. It’s a bummer.”
The one good thing about fame, she says, is that she does get preferential treatment when on the road and visiting museums.
“The best thing now that I’ve realized is instead of trading my status for, like, bottles at clubs, I can trade my status for incredibly curated tours at museums,” acknowledges Perry.
She also says she would like to experiment with her music in the future because she’s “inspired by a lot of different things.”
“I want to do an acoustic record and do a tour that’s all theaters and just have my acoustic guitar and my Telecaster and people would be like, ‘What the f**k?'” she says. “I’m waiting to play that ace in a couple of years and it will be so exciting. Because I know I’ve had that up my sleeve for so long. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone because I know who I am.”
As for relationships, the “This is How We Do” singer says she’s not against dating non-famous guys, but it is much easier to be with someone who understands the demands of her profession.
Perry explains, “There’s a level of understanding when they’re in the same business, you know? They understand what it means when you’re tired from a show or the tour’s exhausting you or if an interview went wrong — they know all the ins and outs, so you can just walk in to the house with a certain face and they understand, you know? Rather than, like, having to explain everything and that takes two, three hours.”
Another nugget that didn’t make it into the Rolling Stone interview was Perry talking about her divorce from Russell Brand.
She says that she learned you first and foremost need “self-love,”adding, “Back then it was mostly just me giving love away with no self-love.”
And Perry talks candidly about her own spiritual beliefs.
“I believe in something bigger than myself,” she says. “I don’t believe in a guy that has a long beard and is sitting on a throne, but I believe that there is a greater energy, greater power, even if it’s, like, more science than spirit.”
What do you think of Perry’s comments?