In a recent interview with Marie Claire Magazine, pop star Katy Perry, a former contemporary Christian artist, announced that she no longer believes in Heaven or Hell nor professes to be a Christian.
“I don’t believe in a Heaven or a Hell, or an old man sitting on a throne,” she advised the magazine. “I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear.”
“I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” Perry continued. “I pray all the time—for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.”
As previously reported, Perry, an evangelical minister’s daughter, was raised in California, and was brought up to avoid secular music and television programs. She began singing as a Contemporary Christian artist at age 15, and released her first national album in 2001. In an interview with CCM (Contemporary Christian Music Magazine), she stated that one her musical influences was Keith Green, who was known to be bold in his lyrical witness for Christ.
However, in 2007, Perry signed with with the secular label Capitol Records, and released her first single, I Kissed a Girl, a number one hit that talks about experimentation with lesbianism. The popularity of Perry’s single brought continued national attention until she became one of the most well-known pop artists in the secular music industry.
Perry’s parents, Keith and Mary Hudson, who lead Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio, state that they do not agree with all of the choices that their daughter has made in her music career.
In a book proposal by Perry’s mother, which was shopped in 2011, Mary Hudson reportedly outlined a number of concerns to set the record straight about her feelings.
“I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance. Yet she sang out, ‘I kissed a girl, and I liked it,’ while thousands joined her,” she wrote. “One part of my heart soared … [but] the other part broke for the thousands of hungry souls being fed something that didn’t nourish their spirit, but fed their flesh.”
Perry’s father’s comments were angled differently.
“I love my daughter and I will always love her. Stop being judgmental and critical,” Keith Hudson stated. “God has given us a platform to go in and meet people—and they like us because we are cool. We are not threatening.”
Perry told Marie Claire that she acknowledges that her parents disagree with some of her choices, but said that they maintain a positive relationship.
“People don’t understand that I have a great relationship with my parents … like, how that can exist?” she explained. “There isn’t any judgment. They don’t necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don’t necessarily agree with everything they do.”
“They pray for me is what they do,” the singer continued. “They’re fascinated with the idea that they created someone who has this much attention on her.”
In 2010, Perry admitted during an explicit interview with Rolling Stone Magazine entitled Sex, God and Katy Perry that she had turned away from many of the things she had been taught by her parents.
“Letting go was a process,” she stated. “Meeting gay people or Jewish people, and realizing that they were fine, was a big part of it. Once I stopped being chaperoned, and realized I had a choice in life, I was like, ‘Wow, there are a lot of choices.’ I began to become a sponge for all that I had missed—the music, the movies. I was as curious as the cat.”
“God is very much still a part of my life,” Perry asserted. “But the way the details are told in the Bible—that’s very fuzzy for me. And I want to throw up when I say that. But that’s the truth.”
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