Following her meeting with Pope Francis in April, Katy Perry has come out and said that her mother prayed her whole life the singer would “come back to God,” and that she is now more focused on “spirituality” in her thirties.
In an interview given to Vogue Australia, Katy Perry said her first hit single after she left home at 15 to pursue a music career, 2008’s “I Kissed a Girl,” was not a family favorite.
“My mom has prayed for me my entire life, hoping I’d come back to God. I never left Him, I was just a little bit secular, I was more materialistic and more career-driven. But now that I’m in my thirties, it’s more about spirituality and heart wholeness.”
Katy Perry says her change comes after her meeting with Pope Francis earlier this year in April, where she attended the “United to Cure” conference hosted by Pontifical Council for Culture to speak about her experience with meditation. She brought with her to the Vatican her mother and Orlando Bloom.
“I’m such a big fan of Pope Francis. It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is rebel – a rebel for Jesus.”
Katy Perry even listed her favorite papal facts: that he took his papal name after Saint Francis of Assisi, her favorite saint, and that he is known for being a humble man that prefers a simple lifestyle.
“He is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.”
Katy Perry was humble herself, saying that although Bloom was in attendance, that isn’t what she wanted the headlines to be about.
“I don’t want it to be a headline of the story, because it takes away from the purpose. That is one part of me, and I don’t want any part of what I do to be diminished.”