Katy Perry: I Am “Dating My Crush”

Truth rating: 10
(Mario Sorrenti for W)

By Michael Lewittes


(Mario Sorrenti for W)

Katy Perry opens up in the November issue of W about dating John Mayer, her painful divorce from Russell Brand and her new album Prism. Asked if she has a “cinematic crush,” the singer tells the mag, “I actually am dating my crush. I had a crush on [John Mayer] for a long time, and it just so happens we fit together great.”

Perry goes on to hint that her single “Roar” was inspired in part by her 2011 split from Brand, offering, “If you are not happy with something, you should change it. So I went to a lot of therapy, and finally, I am able to speak up for myself. You are going to hear me roar!”

While the pop star says she “really loved” being married, she reveals, “I like how I am now, and I think all things happen for a reason.” Perry also talks about her early career, revealing that she was “a little entitled” and “a little bratty” when she first came to L.A. at age 17. The performer shares, “I was living in Beverly Hills, and a big famous producer had taken me under his wing. I was getting a monthly allowance — I had a Louis Vuitton key chain for my Jetta! I thought I was the bee’s knees.” She continues, “But it didn’t last: I got dropped from my record label. And the Jetta was impounded. And I couldn’t pay my bills.”

“As cheesy as it sounds, the rejection built a lot of character in me. It takes strength to stick around in this business,” Perry adds.

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