Katy Perry

Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in California on October 25, 1984 to born-again Christians, both of whom are Pentecostal pastors. Perry had an extremely religious upbringing, and was forbidden from listening to secular music.

Not surprisingly, she began singing in her parents’ church. After getting vocal lessons as a child and being gifted her first guitar at age 13, Perry left high school as a freshman to pursue a music career. She scored a gospel record deal and released her debut album, “Katy Hudson,” as a Christian artist in 2001.

But the album sold virtually no copies and the label folded, leading Perry to explore secular avenues. She moved to Los Angeles at 17, and took on her now-famous stage name. She was briefly signed to Island Def Jam and Columbia Records before having minor success as a backup singer in the mid-2000s.

Perry’s breakthrough came in 2007, when she was signed to Capitol Records. “One of the Boys,” her second album, was released in 2008 with the smash single “I Kissed A Girl,” and the songs “Hot N Cold” and “Waking Up In Vegas.” Perry’s hugely successful third album, “Teenage Dream,” came in 2009, with the song of the same name, as well as “California Gurls” and “Firework,” which has gone on to become one of her most signature songs.

The album went to number one, further helped by the songs “The One That Got Away,” “Last Friday Night,” and “E.T.” In fact, the record was such a win for Perry and her label that it was re-released in 2012 as “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection,” along with the new singles “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake.”

As Perry toured the world, she expanded her brand to include fragrances and a role in the animated movie “The Smurfs,” a part she reprised in the sequel. She also filmed a concert documentary called “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” which came out in 2012. Her fourth album, “Prism,” was released the following year. The lead single, “Roar,” became a huge anthem, and the record also included the tracks “Unconditionally” and “Dark Horse.”

Perry spent 2014 once again touring, and kicked off 2015 with a performance at the Super Bowl, where she was the halftime show headliner alongside Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. Despite all her success, she has yet to win a Grammy Award, though she been nominated 10 times throughout her career, including in two categories at the 2015 ceremony.

As Perry rose to fame, she dated singer-rapper Travie McCoy, but they split in 2008. She began dating Russell Brand in 2009, and got engaged just a few months later. The couple wed in India in 2010, but separated after a little more than a year of marriage, the fallout of which was seen in Perry’s concert film. Since Brand, Perry has had an on-and-off relationship with John Mayer, with whom she released the duet, ”Who You Love,” in 2013. Perry next dated Orlando Bloom from early 2016 until March 2017.

It was announced in May 2017 that Perry has signed on to judge ABC’s “American Idol” revival, which is expected to air sometime later this year.

Katy Perry Defends $25 Million “American Idol” Salary: “I’m Really Proud As A Woman” – WATCH VIDEO

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Katy Perry American Idol Salary

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Katy Perry defends her reported $25 million “American Idol” salary in a radio interview set to air on Wednesday. Check out the video here.

Katy Perry ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Video With James Corden On ‘Late Late Show’

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Katy Perry was James Corden’s guest passenger for the latest edition of “Carpool Karaoke,” which aired as part of Monday’s “Late Late Show” primetime special. Watch the video here!

Katy Perry Tells Jimmy Fallon: “Swish Swish” Is About Bullies (VIDEO)

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Katy Perry Jimmy Fallon Video

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Katy Perry appeared on Friday’s “Tonight Show,” discussing her new single “Swish Swish” and upcoming album Witness. Watch the video here.

“The View” Debates Katy Perry “Swish Swish,” Taylor Swift Feud (VIDEO)

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“The View” co-hosts on Friday debated whether Katy Perry’s new song “Swish Swish” is targeting Taylor Swift, and if the superstars are wrong to continue their feud. Check out the video here.

Katy Perry Hooking Up With Calvin Harris For Revenge On Taylor Swift?

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Katy Perry wants to hook up with Calvin Harris to get revenge on Taylor Swift, according to a new tabloid report. Gossip Cop can separate the fact from the fiction.

Katy Perry Talks New Album, “Witness” Tour On ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (VIDEO)

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Katy Perry appears on Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she talks about her upcoming album and tour, “Witness.” Watch the videos here!

Katy Perry “Breakdown” Reports Are Untrue

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Reports claiming Katy Perry is headed for a “breakdown” are alarming but untrue. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.

Katy Perry Did NOT Record Taylor Swift Diss Songs For New Album, Despite Phony HollywoodLife Reports

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Katy Perry did not record Taylor Swift diss songs for her new album, contrary to a series of untrue reports. Gossip Cop can help set the record straight.

Taylor Swift NOT “Orchestrating” Katy Perry’s Downfall, Despite Report

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Taylor Swift Orchestrating Katy Perry Downfall

Taylor Swift is not “orchestrating” Katy Perry’s downfall, despite a manufactured report. Gossip Cop can bust this claim.

Katy Perry Met Gala Outfits, Fashion Through The Years (PHOTOS)

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Katy Perry Met Gala Outfits

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In honor of Katy Perry co-chairing the 2017 Met Gala, Gossip Cop looks back at the singer’s past outfits at one of the biggest night’s in fashion. Check out a photo gallery below!

Katy Perry Jealous Of Orlando Bloom, Nina Dobrev?

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Orlando Bloom and Nina Dobrev aren’t dating, but that didn’t stop a tabloid from falsely claiming Katy Perry is jealous of their relationship. Gossip Cop, however, can set the record straight.

John Mayer NOT Trying To “Win Back” Katy Perry, Despite Claim

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John Mayer Win Back Katy Perry

John Mayer did not recently try to “win back” Katy Perry, despite an inaccurate report. Gossip Cop can bust this claim.

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