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.

Katy Perry DNC Video: Watch Democratic National Convention Speech, Performance

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Katy Perry DNC Video

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Katy Perry performed “Roar” and “Rise” at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. Watch here!

Katy Perry Olympics Theme NOT Chosen Over Taylor Swift Song, Despite Report

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Katy Perry’s “Rise,” the theme song of the 2016 Rio Olympics, was NOT chosen over a Taylor Swift anthem, despite a inaccurate report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this story.

Katy Perry CoverGirl Makeup Line Sued By Hard Candy

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Katy Perry CoverGirl Sued

Katy Perry is at the center of a new lawsuit, and it all has to do with makeup. Hard Candy is suing CoverGirl parent company Procter & Gamble for allegedly infringing on its trademark design. Find out more here.

John Mayer To “Steal Back” Katy Perry?

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Is John Mayer trying to “steal back” Katy Perry? A new report claims he’s “waiting for Orlando Bloom to inevitably screw up so he can sweep in.” Gossip Cop investigated whether the story is fact or fiction.

Katy Perry Twitter Hacked

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Katy Perry Hacked Twitter

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Katy Perry’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday night. See screengrabs here.

Katy Perry Dumping Orlando Bloom?

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Katy Perry Dumping Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry is NOT dumping Orlando Bloom, despite a report falsely claiming she’s “ready to walk” after his “club hookup” with Selena Gomez. Gossip Cop can bust the story.

Katy Perry Lip Syncs During Cannes amfAR Gala Performance (VIDEO)

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Katy Perry Lip Sync Cannes Gala Video

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Katy Perry very obviously lip synced during at least part of her performance at the Cannes amfAR Gala on Thursday. See video here.

Katy Perry ‘Blames’ Taylor Swift For Orlando Bloom, Selena Gomez ‘Hookup’?

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Katy Perry Blames Taylor Swift Orlando Bloom Hookup

Katy Perry “blames” Taylor Swift for Orlando Bloom’s “hookup” with Selena Gomez? That’s the wildly off-base claim from a webloid on Tuesday. Gossip Cop can debunk the story.

Katy Perry “Leaning On” Robert Pattinson Rumor NOT True

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Katy Perry is NOT “leaning on” Robert Pattinson over the allegations her boyfriend Orlando Bloom hooked up with Selena Gomez, despite a bogus webloid report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this rumor.

Wendy Williams Claim Taylor Swift Pushed Selena Gomez On Orlando Bloom Not True

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Taylor Swift did NOT push Selena Gomez on to Orlando Bloom, despite an utterly false claim. Gossip Cop can debunk the allegation.

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