Out in the open

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Music - By RANDALL ROBERTS

LAST week­end, while you cleaned the bath­room, checked your bank bal­ance, got a park­ing ticket, waited an hour for a medi­ocre brunch, won­dered about the fu­ture of the coun­try, dou­ble-checked your bank bal­ance and/or downed a few bot­tles of US$10 Pinot, the pop star Katy Perry moved into an apart­ment out­fit­ted with dozens of cam­eras and live-streamed her ev­ery move­ment.

As part of the roll­out for her new al­bum, Wit­ness, Perry granted fans ac­cess to her world across four non-stop days that started last Thurs­day evening and con­tin­ued un­til a Mon­day af­ter­noon per­for­mance in Los An­ge­les. That set was live-streamed, of course.

The multi-plat­inum pop star doc­u­mented mo­ments in­clud­ing a ther­apy ses­sion in which she dis­cussed sui­cide and Tay­lor Swift; a con­ver­sa­tion with Sia, Mia Moretti and Dita Von Teese; an in­ti­mate in­ter­view with James Cor­den about her love life; re­hearsals for her af­ter­noon per­for­mance; and healthy nights of sleep.

What? You haven’t seen any of it?? Here are three high­lights.

1. Katy Perry some­times wishes she weren’t Katy Perry, which is one rea­son why she cut her hair.

In an emo­tional live ther­apy ses­sion with Siri Sat Nam Singh, star of the TV se­ries The Ther­a­pist, Perry con­fessed to hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts, wish­ing she weren’t fa­mous and feel­ing ex­hausted by her pub­lic feud with Tay­lor Swift.

Com­par­ing her con­fi­dent pub­lic per­sona with the woman born Kath­eryn Hud­son, she said, “I’m very strong as Katy Perry. I’m not as strong as Kath­eryn Hud­son.”

Af­ter be­ing as­sured by Singh that “Kath­eryn doesn’t have to be strong,” the pop star tried to ex­plain: “Peo­ple talk about my hair, right? And they don’t like it, or they wish it was longer. And, like, I so badly want to be Kath­eryn Hud­son that I don’t even want to look like Katy Perry any­opened more.”

Later, Perry up about her fall­ing out with Swift. “I for­give her, and I’m sorry for any­thing I ever did, and I hope the same from her,” Perry said, adding, “I love her, and I want the best for her – and I think she’s a fan­tas­tic song­writer.” 2. Katy Perry ranked the sex­ual prow­ess of her for­mer boyfriends – and re­grets not pur­su­ing Josh Groban.

When late-night host James Cor­den stopped by to play a game he called “Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts,” Perry, wear­ing starred and polka-dot­ted pa­ja­mas and match­ing eye-mask, talked about her love life.

The chal­lenge: If she didn’t an­swer straight, Cor­den would make her eat from a buf­fet that in­cluded scor­pi­ons, pigs feet, bird saliva and cow tongue.

Cor­den: “From best to worst in bed, rank John Mayer, Di­plo and Or­lando Bloom.”

Perry (swat­ting her nap­kin on the table): “No! No! No! They’re all amaz­ing lovers!”

She then men­tioned singer-ac­tor Groban, throw­ing Cor­den into a gos­sipy tizzy. Perry clar­i­fied: “No, no, no. He’s not in there. But I do want to say, peo­ple are like, ‘Who’s the one that got away?’ That’s Groban.”

Duly noted.

3. Katy Perry loves her dogs Muf­fin and Nugget, but not their breath. Amid all the earth-shat­ter­ing rev­e­la­tions that Perry fans have so far wit­nessed, the love she’s shown for her dogs has been heart-warm­ing. Dur­ing one posed mo­ment while sprawled out on her daybed, Perry beck­oned Muf­fin. As the tiny pup licked her face, Perry gushed: “I love you so much. I love you so much,” be­fore adding, “Now my face smells like trash.” Again, duly noted. – Los An­ge­les Times/ Tri­bune News Ser­vice

— AFP

Perry con­cluded the four-day livestream with a per­for­mance on Mon­day.

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