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■ Katy Perry said she “prayed the gay away” dur­ing her “un­con­scious ado­les­cence.” The 32-year-old singer opened up about her sex­u­al­ity and praised the gay com­mu­nity while re­ceiv­ing an award from the Hu­man Rights Cam­paign on Satur­day in Los Angeles. Perry was born into a fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tian fam­ily but said she was cu­ri­ous about sex­u­al­ity and knew it wasn’t a black-and-white is­sue. She re­ferred to one of her big­gest hits in telling the group “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” She added that she also “did more than that.” She said she “prayed the gay away” at Chris­tian camps but later met peo­ple out­side of her “bub­ble.” She said that with­out peo­ple in her life from the gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and queer com­mu­nity, she’d be “half of the per­son I am to­day.”

■ She’s a wide-eyed lit­tle Mup­pet with a big smile, blaz­ing red hair and bright green eyes who has made it to Se­same Street. Her name is Ju­lia and she has autism. Ju­lia was first in­tro­duced in 2015, play­ing along­side Elmo and Abby Cad­abby, as part of an on­line-only Dig­i­tal Sto­ry­book story called “Se­same Street and Autism: See the Amaz­ing in All Chil­dren.” Come April, young view­ers will be see­ing more of Ju­lia when she makes her tran­si­tion to the live-ac­tion fold of the long-run­ning chil­dren’s show, as re­vealed in a seg­ment Sun­day on 60 Min­utes. Ju­lia will make her de­but. Her old friends Elmo and Abby will in­tro­duce Ju­lia to Big Bird. At first, Ju­lia is re­luc­tant to shake the big yel­low bird’s hand, but the episode ends with the four Mup­pets learn­ing to get along and play­ing tag.

■ Kim Kar­dashian West said she “men­tally prepped” her­self to be raped while be­ing held at gun­point dur­ing a Paris jew­elry heist last year. Kar­dashian West dis­cussed the rob­bery on Sun­day night’s episode of the E! chan­nel’s Keep­ing Up with the Kar­dashi­ans. She said two rob­bers wear­ing po­lice uni­forms en­tered her ho­tel room last Oc­to­ber. One of the rob­bers duct-taped her mouth while she was in bed, grabbed her legs and pulled her to­ward him. She said she wasn’t raped but had a gun held to her head. Kar­dashian West said the men picked her up and put her in a bath­tub be­fore tak­ing jew­elry.

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