Pop superstar Katy Perry has revealed that during her younger days, she only knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson because she picketed their concerts together with her Christian family.
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In a recent interview with Vogue, Perry revealed more details about her Christian past and lamented how she was not permitted to interact with members of the gay community. The pop singer, whose real name is Katheryn Hudson, said her upbringing was so sheltered but her curiosity in life has led her to where is right now.
"I miss references all the time. Amy Grant was our Madonna," Perry told Vogue in the interview. "We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts."
In addition, Perry shared that she distributed "How to Find God" pamphlets during one of Manson's concerts but ended up watching the show with her youth pastor. She found the performance weird and interesting at the same time.
"But my house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; you don't celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O'Reilly on TV," Perry added. "That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens. I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day."
Right now, Perry finds that she likes her life at 32 and said she would not want to return to her 20s. For the self-confessed "black sheep" of an evangelical family, she is "much more grounded" today and believes that the present is a realization of her past ambitions.
Speaking to Marie Claire magazine in a 2013 interview, Perry said she still has a good relationship with her parents even though they do not agree with everything she does. The pop superstar said they pray for her and that there is no judgment between them.
Perry also notably confessed that she has stepped away from her born-again Christian past and does not believe in heaven, hell, "or an old man sitting on a throne." Instead, she believes there is a higher power, but still feels like she still has deep ties with God.