Katy Perry: I prayed the gay away be­fore I re­alised that sex­u­al­ity isn’t black and white

Daily Mail - - News - By Tim Lam­den Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

HER first hit song was about a ro­man­tic en­counter with an­other woman.

But Katy Perry has re­vealed that she ‘prayed the gay away’ as a child at strict re­li­gious camps.

The 32-year- old singer, whose first hit I Kissed a Girl went to num­ber one in nearly 20 coun­tries in 2008, spoke about her chang­ing at­ti­tude to sex­u­al­ity at a Hu­man Rights Cam­paign gala in Los An­ge­les. She was there to ac­cept an award for her work ad­vo­cat­ing LGBT rights.

Wear­ing a cou­ture black and white gown with a ruf­fled neck­line at the cer­e­mony on Satur­day, she said: ‘When I was grow­ing up ho­mo­sex­ual- ity was syn­ony­mous with the word abom­i­na­tion and hell… I wanted the pearly gates.

‘So most of my un­con­scious ado­les­cence, I prayed the gay away at my Je­sus camps but then in the mid­dle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift and my gift in­tro­duced me to peo­ple out­side my bub­ble and my bub­ble started to burst.’

Miss Perry was dis­cour­aged from lis­ten­ing to sec­u­lar mu­sic as a child by her par­ents, both born-again Chris­tians. Along with her sib­lings, she grew up at­tend­ing re­li­gious schools and camps and found her voice as a gospel singer be­fore mov­ing to LA aged 17 and launch­ing her pop ca­reer.

She has ad­mit­ted ex­per­i­ment­ing with women in the past, ex­plain­ing: ‘I’m just a singer-song­writer hon­estly. I speak my truths and I paint my fan­tasies into th­ese lit­tle bite­size pop songs. For in­stance, I kissed a girl and I liked it.

‘What I did know is that I was cu­ri­ous and even then I knew sex­u­al­ity wasn’t as black and white as this dress.’

The singer re­cently split from ac­tor Or­lando Bloom. The pair raised eye­brows with a state­ment de­scrib­ing their break-up as ‘tak­ing re­spect­ful, lov­ing space at this time’.

Chris­tian child­hood: Katy Perry at the gala in Los An­ge­les

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