Katy Perry Banned From Talking to Gay People Growing Up, Admits Family Racism
Katy Perry is getting real about her conservative upbringing.
In a new interview, the singer revealed that she was raised with "generational racism" and was banned from interacting with gay people while growing up.
The "Chained to the Rhythm" singer, who currently covers Vogue's May issue, opened up to the mag about how she had to unlearn a lot of conservative values she was taught as a kid.
"The schools were really makeshift. Education was not the first priority," she said.
"My education started in my 20s, and there is so much to learn still."
She compared her house to living in a church, where she was banned from celebrating Halloween and was forced to picket Marilyn Manson and Madonna concerts with her evangelical pastor parents to voice their disapproval of the singers' controversial lyrical content.
"My house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; you don't celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O'Reilly on TV," she said.
"That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens. I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day."
The singer, who thanks her curiosity "out of the womb" for helping her shake off her conservative beliefs, also emphasized the racism and homophobia she was surrounded by as a child.
"[I was not] allowed to interact with gay people [and] there is some generational racism," she said.
The popstar touched on the war she battled with her sexuality after she romantically experimented with another woman as a young adult. The experience inspired her hit, "I Kissed a Girl."
"How was I going to reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro conversion camps?" she said.
"What I did know was that I was curious, and even then I knew that sexuality was not as black and white as this dress."
The chart-topper also discussed the election of President Donald Trump, who her parents voted for and who Katy said brought up misogynistic "trauma" from when she was younger.
"Misogyny and sexism were in my childhood: I have an issue with suppressive males and not being seen as equal," she said.
Katy ended the interview on an optimistic note, adding that music really helped her expand her beliefs beyond her conservative bubble.
"I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble and my bubble started to burst," she said.
"These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met."
In her final words, the singer communicated her belief that people can change for the better — no matter how rough their upbringing may be.
"You don’t get to choose your family, but you can choose your tribe," she said.
"I stand here as real evidence for all that no matter where you came from it is about where you are going, that real change, real evolution, and that real perception shift can happen, if we open our minds and soften our hearts."
Kudos to Katy!
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