Pretty much anything Katy Perry does becomes news. She’s pretty, rich, pretty rich, and popular too. She knows how to hold an audience in thrall and if she’s not singing, she’s apparently tweeting! A staunch LGBTQ community supporter, a Hillary Clinton ally, a very popular singer with somewhat of a tempestuous love life and a big, big lover of cats, Katy Perry knows how to use social media to her best advantage. Whether it’s a breakup or a hookup, a dinner with friends or attending a gig with an old flame, Katy tends to break or at least shake up the internet every now and then. She seems to do it without even trying!
And 2017 was no less happening for her, or for her fans. She closed out the VMAs with a performance of her summer hit "Swish Swish" alongside curvy bombshell Nicki Minaj in basketball-themed style. Katy wore a basketball-print corset and Nicki donned a black-and-white striped referee outfit. Coming in October is her YouTube Red Special, “Will You Be My Witness?” as a promotion for her upcoming album, Witness. No one said Katy had a dearth of wild ideas. Her new attitude of burying the hatchet and her rather different new look clearly show that it's a new Katy Perry we are seeing in 2017. In that spirit, here’s a list of 15 things you forgot Katy Perry did in 2017.
15 When She "Prayed The Gay" Away Unapologetically
Katy Perry, for all her videos and outfits, is a passionate and dedicated supporter of LGBTQ rights. But her homophobic upbringing was such that all through her teenage years, she would pray to Jesus to "take her gay away." Her impassioned speech at the Human Right’s Gala while accepting the National Equality Award pointed at her own struggles at overcoming her rather strict and conservative upbringing. She said, "When I was growing up, homos*xuality was synonymous with the word 'abomination' and 'hell.' So most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps." Her parents were both Pentecostal pastors and born-again Christians, so Katy spent much of her youth attending religious schools and camps where everyone was homophobic, even though Katy says she realized from within that s*xuality couldn’t be that black and white. She went on to thank the LGBTQ community: "There is no other community that has done more to shape who I am today, and there is no other community that I believe in more than you."
14 Perry Apologized To Ryan Phillippe In Public
Even if Katy Perry stands in the vicinity of someone, people automatically assume that she is dating the dude. This is exactly what happened with Ryan Phillippe, who was briefly seen with Katy at Elton John’s birthday party, and then hounded by members of the media, who were trying to find out if the duo were dating. So poor Ryan Phillippe had to post a clarifying tweet, saying, “I am not dating Katy Perry, barely know her. Please stop flying helicopters over my house. She is not here." When a fan asked him as to why he didn’t want to date Katy Perry, he clarified that he didn't mind people thinking that they could be dating but he did care about "low flying pervs hovering periodically" around his home and wanted them gone. Katy retweeted Ryan and added a mischievous, “Can u let me out of this basement plz?” and after wrote another tweet in apology: "Hi, nice to meet you, sorry about that @RyanPhillippe carry on, lol."
13 No More Orlando Bloom For Katy! Or Is There?
After Orlando Bloom got his butt dumped by Miranda Kerr, he sought solace with Katy Perry (after Selena Gomez, that is), and the two spent ten sweet months together. And then in March, this too blew over when Bloom confessed to his friends that he was calling it off. Perry’s side said that the ball was always in her court, and she’s moving on. They claim that the breakup was her decision. When the media began to vividly speculate as to why the breakup happened, Katy got back on Twitter to straighten things up: “HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017?! U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one's a victim or a villain, get a life y'all!” Clearly, Katy has decided to use a far softer breakup strategy than she did after her marriage fiasco with Russell Brand. That said, this off-and-on couple keeps popping into public eye together, leaving the whole world wondering if they will get back together.
12 Katy Getting Sued For A Toe
A stagehand, Christina Fish, is suing Katy, along with entertainment company Live Nation and all the other production companies involved in Katy’s Prismatic World Tour, for the loss of her toe. While Katy was performing in Raleigh, NC, Fish was asked to help move a wall that suddenly rolled across her foot. Fish claims that her shoe filled up with blood and while she was offered some ice, no one called an ambulance for her. She had to call a friend to pick her up and take her to ER, but her toe became gangrenous as a result of the injury and needed to be amputated. This injury put her through severe emotional and physical distress and she claims that she is now unable to practice her favorite hobby, yoga, without her right toe. As a result, she is suing everyone she can.
11 "Disgusting" Katy Gets The Convent & Sells House
Katy Perry was so enthralled by the Loz Feliz convent in Santa Monica that she decided to buy it. Two nuns who claimed to be in ownership of the place found Perry to be disgusting, considering her “gay” themed songs, a tattoo on her behind, and her participation in the Salem Witch Walk. They put up one hell of a courtroom battle, which ultimately went in Perry’s favor. Now Perry has put her estate in Hollywood Hills for sale, the previous owners of which were Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s parents as well as drummer Max Weinberg. The larger of the two houses belonged to Walmart heiress Sybil Robson. But now that the convent is hers, Perry has moved in and wants to sit and meditate in the beautiful grounds, sip green tea, and find herself, whilst living her “Teenage Dream” in the sprawling and beautiful property. The nuns are at a loss, but not monetarily.
10 Nugget, Let’s NOT Go Chase Some Koalas
When you are a pop star, a diva and someone with an immense fan following, you better watch what you say, lest you end up in hot water. When Perry was signed on by Myers, an up-market Australian department store chain, she finished off an advert by calling for her pet dog Nugget and telling him to go and chase some koalas. To any non-Australian, that sounds as simple and mundane as telling your dog to go chase some squirrels. But for animal conservationists in Australia, the ad was in very bad taste, as more than 25% of koala injuries are caused by, well, over-enthusiastic dogs. So Myers had to pull down the ad to avoid losing a big chunk of customer base and Perry was left bemused. All she did was star in an advertisement telling viewers how they can win 8,000 free tickets to her next show in Australia. How was she to know the connection between koalas and dogs?
9 Another Infamous Remark: All My Awards Are Fake
Katy Perry is an award winner; she has several MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Awards under her belt and has also been nominated for Grammys and Emmys. We are sure these awards are proudly displayed in her home, but in a very candid interview earlier this year, Katy said that she had major doubts about their worth. She said, “All the awards shows are fake. And all the awards that I've won are fake.” She went on to explain that she thought they were constructs and never really and truly represented what the audience felt about the music. We wonder if she meant that the “jury” wasn’t really worthy of giving out the awards, considering it was probably out of tune with the audience of today. Perhaps she meant that the awards were politically backed and had more to do with “favors” rather than “quality.”
8 Miss My Hair? Well, Do You Miss Obama As Well?
Katy Perry revealed a wild new hairstyle in 2017: bleached locks chopped short into a pixie cut. After she and Bloom broke up, Perry did not waste any time wallowing over it! She posted a short video on Twitter showing off her newly-buzzed, platinum hairdo with the caption, “I wasn’t ready till now.” Later in the year, she was on a live stream on her Instagram account and said that some people came up to her and told her that they missed her old black hair. This new blonde then cracked a joke not many found funny, and ended up saying “Oh, really? Do you miss Barack Obama as well? Oh, OK. Times change. Bye! See you guys later.” Not many were amused by her flippant remark and told her off on social media. As for Katy, well, she loves her short hairdo. It’s liberating politically, mentally, and spiritually!
7 Trolled For Wearing A Galliano: No Longer In Good Taste
Despite being a wonderful designer, John Galliano proved to be a jerk of the first order. Instead of having a great time in the city of love, Galliano decided to hurl racist and anti-Semitic insults at a bar in Paris and someone was smart enough to have recorded him doing so. The video showed him insulting a group of Italian women nearby. The result was that he ended up being sacked by the house of Christian Dior and got arrested too. He “excused” his behavior by blaming alcohol addiction and went to rehab for it. But not many could forget his behavior and while he has tried to make a comeback in the fashion industry, he is not being received with warm, open arms. When Katy Perry made an appearance at the MET Gala dressed in a gown by Galliano, she didn’t get many warm and fuzzy comments either!
6 Katy Simply Cannot Get Over Taylor (But She Really Should!)
Clearly, when Katy and Taylor moved from being best buds, to polite acquaintances, to public enemies, the rest of the industry and fans moved to align themselves one way or another. Her new single “Swish Swish” doesn’t just hint at their troubled past, but is believed to be a response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Lyrics like “So keep calm, honey, I'ma stick around for more than a minute, get used to it. Funny my name keeps comin' out your mouth, 'Cause I stay winning” are pretty telling. The video and song basically try to show that Perry is one fierce and empowered woman. The song sounds a bit weak, though. Also, the very day Katy announced the release of this song, Swift announced the release of her new single as well. A Swift power play, won’t you agree?
5 Let's Bury The Hatchet Harris: Feel Me?
Calvin Harris seemed to be on the anti-Perry team, and they have had plenty public spats over the years. In 2011, Harris had canceled his opening performance during her tour at the last possible minute. When Taylor Swift got writing credit for Calvin‘s song “This Is What You Came For,” Calvin mentioned Katy in one of his tweets, which didn’t go down too well with the “Roar” singer, so she roared back, too. But 2017 seems good for both Katy and Harris, who seem to have ended their feud. Katy told the media, “I saw Calvin actually at [the] Vanity Fair Oscar party. We just bumped into each other and he’s like, ‘Oh, you know, it’s so funny, I think I have a song that maybe you should come check out.’ I was like, ‘Cool,’ because we’d always meant to work together for years and years and years.” So now Calvin Harris’s latest song "Feels" is out, featuring Big Sean, Pharrell Williams, and of course, Katy!
4 Katy’s First Kiss Felt Like Wet Fish
If any dudes were wondering about who locked on to those pretty lips first, well, don’t! In a story with W magazine, Katy opened up about her first kiss, and it was pretty fishy! She revealed that her first French kiss was when she was in sixth grade whilst she and a whole gang were playing spin the bottle. She said, “I was hanging out with this girl from church who had a bit of a reputation. She had a co-ed party, and I was not allowed to go to a co-ed party until eighth grade. But I went anyway. At the party, we played spin the bottle. It got to be my turn, and I spun the bottle, and, all of a sudden, I felt like there was a wet fish in my mouth. That was my first kiss. When you’re in sixth grade, there’s no art to French kissing. There’s no cadence, no beautiful up and down, no waves. Instead, it just feels like your mouth is getting invaded by a slug!”
3 Katy Revealed She Often Cries To Her Songs
Katy feels her songs are very personal and many of them actually make her cry, so much so that sometimes she cannot even perform a few of them on stage, lest the waterworks flow. She told W magazine, “My songs are so personal. Sometimes they are about people who are no longer in my life, or they’re about unrequited love. I started out on tour last time and I couldn’t perform a couple of the songs on the record because I was just too upset.” She added that she does sing in the shower but she makes up songs when she does that, kind of like a comic routine. She also naughtily revealed that she has had several sing-offs with boyfriends in the shower.
2 Trying To End Her Infamous Feud With Taylor Swift
2017 seems to be a year of new beginnings for Katy, with one of them being her trying her best to put the Katy-Taylor feud to an end. The entire silly feud started after both of them, supposedly besties, had an apparent fallout over three backup dancers! After plenty of tweets, Swift’s song “Bad Blood,” and some more pointed tweets, Katy’s song “Swish Swish” comes out, which she says is an anthem for anybody standing up against bullying. But then she also said, “I am ready to let it go. I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I love her, and I want the best for her. And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter." She then added, “I mean, I love her, I always have. We’ve had our differences but I just continue to say, ‘God bless her on her journey.'”
1 Katy Hits The 100M Mark: All Hail Queen Katy
When it comes to the Twitterati, there’s no one they would follow more than Katy Perry. In June, this pop culture phenomenon became the very first person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter! She was a bit of an early bird when she joined Twitter way back in 2009, and since then, she has sent out over 8500 tweets, which is about 1000 a year. It’s like she tweets around three times daily, which goes on to prove that the more you tweet, the more followers you get! She often uses Twitter to send her love to fellow musicians and celebs like One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Hillary Clinton. In 2017, her tweet in which she sent prayers and love to Ariana Grande following the Manchester tragedy was retweeted 72,000 times. So clearly, everything that Katy Perry does is not just news, but viral news!