"I was curious"
Katy Perry’s dating life has been well documented. From her on-off relationship with John Mayer to her most recent year-long romance with Orlando Bloom (though they are taking some ‘loving space’ from each other RN, sources say the former couple are still ‘talking and texting’. But for the first time the singer has openly spoken out about her bisexual experiences and how she came to finally accept her fluid sexuality.
Katy made an impassioned speech while accepting the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala, saying: ‘There’s no other community who has done more for me, to shape who I am today and there is no other community I believe in more than you - I stand with you.’
‘I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-sized pop songs,’ Katy continued. ‘For instanced; I Kissed a Girl – and I liked it’. Truth be told I did more than that,’ she said, to a roar of cheers.
'I was curious,' Perry says. 'I knew that sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress.'
The 31-year-old star also revealed how her religious upbringing has shaped her (before reaching success after in 2008, she had released a collection of Christian gospel songs as Katy Hudson in her teens).
‘My first words were ‘mama’ and ‘dada’, ‘God’ and ‘Satan’,’ Perry revealed. ‘When I was growing up homosexuality was synonymous with the word ‘abomination’ and ‘Hell’, a place of gnashing of teeth, continuous burning of skin and probably Mike Pence’s ultimate guest list for a BBQ. 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.
‘These people were nothing like I’d been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I had ever met. ... Oh my goddess, what a revelation – and not the last chapter of the Bible. ‘Suffice to say, it’s been a long road for me and I’m sure a long road for many of you out there. I know it doesn’t always feel safe to live out who you are, but here’s the thing, though: I would not have chosen a different road.
‘You don’t get to choose your family, but you can choose your tribe.’