CB presents the Full Story of an American singer who is known as Katy Perry. Our Katy Perry Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from her childhood time to date.
The analysis involves her life story before fame and family background. More so, many OFF and ON-Screen little-known facts about her.
Yes, everyone knows of Katy’s sensual hit songs and her cartoonish sense of style. However, only a few consider Katy Perry’s biography which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Katy Perry Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Katy Perry (christened Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) was born on the 25th day of October 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
She was the second child born to her mother, Mary Christine (a Pentecostal pastor) and to her father Maurice Keith Hudson (also a pastor).
Young Katy who has English, German, Irish, and Portuguese roots was brought up in a conservative manner owing to her parents’ religious disposition.
Their itinerant works as pastors did not only see her grow up with her siblings -Angela and younger brother, David- across various regions of the U.S but dictated her childhood taste for Gospel music.
“The only things I was allowed to listen to were the Sister Act 1 and 2 soundtracks.”
revealed Katy about her childhood taste for music.
Though itinerant oriented, Katy parents job as pastors was nothing close to lucrative. In fact, the family battled with financial difficulties, surviving on welfare and food donated by parishioners.
While the difficulties raged on with accompanying change of environments, one thing remained constant; Katy’s budding love for music.
Katy Perry Education:
Notable among Katy’s academic progress was her brief and unstable elementary education in religious institutions and camps, including Santa Barbara Christian School in California and paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona.
Speaking to ABC News about the distorted nature of her early education, Katy noted that:
“I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home-schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christain, half-education, I-dont-know-what-they-were-schools”.
On the bright side, Katy was committed to taking singing lessons and learned to play the guitar when she aged 13. She also sang in a church choir and performed religious songs in front of her delighted parents.
“Everything I had in my life at that time was very church-related. I didn’t know there was another world that existed beyond that”.
Notes by Katy on her staunch religious upbringing.
However, higher education at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, ushered in a brave new world for Katy who cashed in on the secular nature of the public institution to explore new grounds.
“I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids,”
Katy Perry Biography Facts – Road To Fame Story:
It wasn’t long before Katy, aged 15 dropped out from Dos Pueblos High School after obtaining her GED. The decision was informed by her resolve to focus on producing music, an activity she knew best for the better part of her childhood.
The first stop on her pursuit of a career in music was studying Italian Opera at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. It was at the academy that Katy’s exhibition of vocal prowess caught the attention of rock artists Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp from Nashville in Tennessee.
Steve and Jenniffer took Katy to Nashville where they helped her master the art of songwriting and the use of Guitar. They also facilitated Katy’s signing to Red Hill Records where she recorded her debut album, “Katy Hudson” (a gospel record).
The album which was released in 2001 did not record commercial success as only a few copies were sold before the record label folded up at the end of that same year.
Katy Perry Bio – Rise To Fame:
Moving on, Katy took the bold decision of transitioning from gospel to secular music. The resolve which saw her relocate to Los Angeles also informed the need for her to adopt the stage name Katy Perry, (using her mother’s maiden name).
While in Los Angeles Katy had good and bad experiences. On the good part, she met and worked with amazing people including producer Glen Ballard and songwriters: Ballard, Dr Luke, Butch Walker, just to mention a few.
On the bad part, Katy was dropped by two record labels -Def Jam-distributed label Java in 2004 and Columbia records in 2006- before the albums that she was recording could reach the finish line.
The year 2007 brought good tidings for Katy who signed to Capitol Records. Everything fell into place for the singer as she added an “undeniable smash” to her backlog from previous labels, resulting in the release of her album “One of the Boys” in 2008.
The album which contained hit singles like “I kissed a Girl” and “Ur so gay” reached number nine on the US Billboard 200 and sold no fewer than 7 million copies worldwide. The rest, as they say, is history.
Katy Perry Relationship Life:
Katy Perry has had no fewer than a dozen past relationships. We bring you notable relationships she had before her rise to fame and thereafter.
First among many was her relationship with musician Justin York (N0 1 in the photo below) between the year 2002 to 2003, a period which coincided with the beginning of her career.
Upon separation, she had bouts of relationship with Canadian musician, Mathew Thiessen (2) between 2003-2006, actor Johnny Lewis (3) in 2006 and with the vocalist of “Gym Class Heroes” Travis McCoy (4) between 2007-2009.
Katy’s relationship took an upward rise in 2009 when she met her future husband Russell while filming a cameo appearance for his film Get Him to the Greek. Katy recalls their first meeting as follows:
“When he was filming ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ I did a cameo with him. My scene called for me to make out with him. And on the way down the stairs after the scene, I was hopping like a bunny. I hop like a bunny when I’m happy — I get a bit childlike.”
Russell and Katy dated afterwards and got engaged on the 31st of December 2009 after which they tied the knot on the 23rd of October 2010 in India.
Their union, however, did not last long as Brand filed for divorce in December 2011 and made it formal on the 14th of July 2012.
Months after their divorce it was discovered that the major bone of contention between the celebrity couples was Russell’s Jealousy over the emergence of photos that captured Katy holding hands with a guitarist, Robert Aykroyd.
Russell would later admit to giving up too early in his marriage struggles, a development that he considers to be a major mistake of his life.
Subsequent relationships after Katy’s divorce include her affairs with the star of Twilight, Robert Pattinson (1), Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend John Mayer (2) and Dj Diplo (3).
Katy is at the time of this post dating actor, Orlando Bloom. The lovebirds who first met in 2016 dated until the end of the year before breaking up due to irreconcilable differences.
Although photos that suggest that the duo might be dating again surfaced in May 2018, it is without doubt that they don’t have bigger plans as Bloom is strongly against marriage, family and children.
Katy Perry Family Life:
Katy Perry was born into a family of 5 members. We bring you factual details about her family
About Katy Perry Father:
Katy’s father, Maurice Keith Hudson was born on the 13th day of June 1947. Keith and his wife Mary (Katy’s mother) have been married since the 2nd of December 1979, living the better part of his married life as a Pentecostal pastor.
Resultantly, he does not support Katy’s choice of Music but nonetheless, maintain a close relationship with her.
About Katy Perry Mother:
Katy’s mother, Mary Christine Hudson was born on the 16th day of December 1947. Mary, like her husband, does not support Katy’s choice of music and hopes that her daughter would one day return to her Christian roots.
Nonetheless, she is close to her daughter and together with her husband, record attendance in most of Katy’s award shows.
About Katy Perry Sister:
Katy’s elder sister Angela Hudson was born on the 7th day of December 1982. Angela was Katy’s childhood musical inspiration.
This is largely ascribed to the fact that Katy began singing by practising with Angela’s cassette tape. Angela is currently married and lives happily with her husband Svend Lerche.
About Katy Perry Brother:
Katy’s brother David Hudson was born on the 11th day of August 1998. David is also a singer and had his debut single “A Real Man’s Life” as well as his first EP released in 2012 under the name of “Dirty Face”.
Katy Perry Movies:
Katy Perry’s music has been featured in a number of movies some of which include. Baywatch-Roar, Sing-fireworks as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel- Hot N Cold.
Aside from musical commitments, Katy had made appearances in TV shows and movies including How I met your mother, Last Friday Night (2011), Get Off Me (2011) and Butterflies (2009). She also lent her voice to the Smurfette character in The Smurfs (2011) and the Smurfs 2 (2011).
Katy Perry Investments:
Katy also has a sense for business as evident in her investments that include: Creating her own record label – Metamorphosis records, production of perfumes as well as signing an app deal with Glu Mobile, the makers of Kim Kardashian’s hit mobile game.
Added to the list is her investment in food and snack company Popchips, among other investments. How business minded can a celebrity be?.
Katy Perry Personal Life:
Katy Perry is a strong-willed singer who would always choose to “roar” in good and bad times. The irreverent and theatrical singer is like the sun, immune to criticism as she has the courage of her convictions notable among which is her unwavering support for LGBT Rights.
Katy is not without a human sense of compassion as she has donated to charities such as Little Kids Rock, The Children’s Health Fund, the Boys Hope/Girls Hope foundation, UNICEF, and was officially named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2013, among other charitable endeavours and recognition.
With regards to socio-religious matters, Katy is yet to come out clean on her stance regarding feminism. In the same light, she has never identified as being religious but notes that:
“I pray all the time – for self-control, for humility.”
Katy Perry Biography Facts:
- Katy is a natural blonde and her real hair colours never cease to give her away despite dyes.
- She is not just a pretty face but also a talented writer that has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale.
- Katy is known to be a pill popper who takes no fewer than 26-28 pills daily for her Vitamins.
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