Katy Perry: Gurl Crush

As she prepares to release her second mainstream album, Teenage Dream, and marry British comedian Russell Brand this fall, Katy Perry promises she’s not changing her tune.



KATY PERRY XLRG (EMMA SUMMERTON) | ADVOCATE.COMDid you have your gay audience in mind while working on the new record?
Of course, especially with a hilarious song called “Peacock” that has obvious innuendo. It’s like an anthem for the go-go bars that gay boys will be singing at the top of their lungs.

Didn’t you recently go to the Cock [a gay dive bar in New York]?
Yeah, and I had to take a Silkwood shower after my night at the Cock. [Laughs] I went with my stylist, Johnny Wujek. I like gay bars better than straight bars because you don’t feel like you have to trade a blow job for a drink; you just have to smile and do a twirl.

Your wigs and outfits have been campier than ever. Are you drawing from drag queen inspiration?
Well, I have watched every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Sometimes I want to dress up like myself and go onstage as a drag queen to see if anyone knows the difference. I’m two degrees away from a drag queen anyways. I love a queen where you really have to question if it’s a guy or a girl — that magical mystery when you just don’t know.

Your recent topless photo shoot for Esquire U.K. certainly solved that mystery.
[Laughs] Yeah, I like to walk the line, and that was definitely a walk-the-line moment. But I feel a lot more comfortable in my skin these days. I’m 25 and I have a very supportive man, so I guess it’s given me an inner confidence that makes me want to take my clothes off.

As a woman about to walk down the aisle with Russell Brand, what’s your take on gay marriage?
It’s absurd that it’s not equality for all. The fact that we’re still dealing with it is stupid. It’s like, fuckin’ come on! It’s interesting because I come from a whole different world where I was raised with the idea that being gay was taboo and not right. Even though I love my parents and we can agree to disagree, I’m glad I’ve had my eyes opened.

When did you see the lavender light?
I went to Christian school and I was involved in church camp, so everything I did was related to the church. I just remember that gay people were looked down upon and never to be talked about — and that’s why I wanted to hang out with them. [Laughs] I didn’t know any openly gay people until I moved out on my own at 17, and I quickly saw that they were more fun than straight people. Plus I didn’t have to worry about the motives of some straight guys. I don’t really like hanging out with most straight guys because there’s too much drama behind it.

Are there gay people in your wedding party?
My best friend, Markus Molinari, is a bridesmaid, actually, just like he was in the “Hot N Cold” video. I’m making him wear one of those horrible Jessica McClintock dresses for sure.

You’ve mentioned Markus in interviews before. Does he like when you name-drop him in interviews?
Oh, he’s been riding my coattails from day one. He’s always been very upfront about it, and that’s why I love him. I also adore Ferras, a fantastic singer who’s gay. I introduced him to Markus, and now they’re best friends. Now we all just hang out and love each other.

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