American Idol judge Katy Perry is featured in the June 2018 issue of Glamour South Africa.
There’s a lot to admire about Katy Perry. She’s the first female artist to have five number-one Billboard Hot 100 tracks from a single album. She’s the most followed person on Twitter in the world. In the last 10 years, she has sold more than 40 million albums.
Katy has more than a career – she has a life, she’s really. She’s also a 33-year-old with fears to conquer, dreams to achieve, and aspects of herself she is still trying to figure it. Like all of us, she’s a work in progress.
You recently wrote on Instagram that 2017 “redefined what winning means to me. And the definition of winning for me this year was simply happiness and gratitude.” How did you arrive at that moment?
“I’ve come to learn, after 10 years of success in the spotlight, that being happy is something you have to work for every single day. Even if you have money or houses or status or fame—and all of that stuff is great for a moment—if you don’t have happiness charging the train, you’re gonna derail. A lot of my early twenties were really intense, really extreme, and somewhat unconscious. Now I want to touch the stars, which has to do with the heart.”
What advice would you give to that intense, extreme, somewhat unconscious twenty-something Katy?
Katy: “I’d say, “You’re doing great, sweetie.” [Laughs.] No, ummmm, it would probably be a couple things. Pertaining to relationships, I would tell myself, ‘There really, truly are so many fish in the sea.’ When I was first getting to Hollywood and meeting my heroes like Gwen Stefani and a couple others, one was amazing—she introduced herself and asked my name—but one just brushed me off. I’ll never forget how that made me feel.”
By the time this article comes out, you will have completed more than 50 concerts over the course of five months. How do you prepare yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually to be on the road?
“Every day is just a preparation for the show. Sleep is really important to me. I’m a big sleeper. I get eight to nine hours every night. When I wake up, I go straight into yoga for an hour, and I usually do 30 minutes on the elliptical to get the blood flowing. I’ll try to put in a meditation around 4:30 or 5:00 P.M. Transcendental meditation has been a game changer for me. We’re all so “connected” to our devices, which, I think, is disconnecting us from reality.”
American Idol recently wrapped May 21st on ABC.
Photography: Emma Summerton / Styling: Jillian Davison