Cover Girl: Katy Perry for Marie Claire Magazine

Posted on December 09, 2013

Katy Perry covers the January 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine photographed by Regan Cameron.

On not slowing down: “I’m never going to be lazy, because there are 500 other people waiting in line for this position.”

On being vulnerable: “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable. When you try to market yourself like some supernatural figurine who can’t be fucked with, I always resort back to Scripture: ‘Pride comes before a fall.'”

On Prism, her new album: “I thought it was going to be a lot darker – acoustic or Fiona Apple-y. You know, a ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ vibe.”

On the dark hours following her split from ex-husband Russell Brand: “There were two weeks of my life after I found out the truth of my marriage where I was like, ‘OK. All right. I can’t feel this. This is too intense right now.’ I was, like, just eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that’s it.”

On her relationship with her parents: “People don’t understand that I have a great relationship with my parents – like, how that can exist. There isn’t any judgment. They don’t necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don’t necessarily agree with everything they do. They’re at peace with – they pray for me is what they do. They’re fascinated with the idea that they created someone who has this much attention on her. My parents are Republicans, and I’m not. They didn’t vote for Obama, but when I was asked to sign at the inauguration, they were like, ‘We can come.’ And I was like, ‘No, you can’t.’ They understood, but I was like, ‘How dare you?’ in a way.”

On practicing Transcendental Meditation: “The best thing I got out of my previous relationship, because it was introduced to me via my ex-husband.”

On her on-and-off relationship with boyfriend John Mayer: “I took a break from my boyfriend, not one that I wanted. It was like a splash of cold water to search inward on what was going on with me. That is what let me to this new awakening, this realizing, If I don’t do some self-love, I’m not going to be able to keep the love that I want. I still needed to deal with all of my ex-husband stuff. I hadn’t. It’s almost like if I kept talking about it, it would seem like I actually cared about it. I don’t.

On having kids: “I’m definitely not there yet, and I can’t plan that far in advance. When I decide to have a family, I’ll just want to be Mom for a little bit.[Brand] really wanted me to have children, and I knew I wasn’t ready – I think it was a way of control. I think it was part of, If I have a kid, then I would have to sacrifice – I’d have to be home more. I really wanted to, but I knew I wasn’t ready for it. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s have a kid because we’re in love.”

On boyfriend John Mayer: “He’s just a fantastic partner. I’ve been a fan of his for such a long time. He’s got a brilliant, brilliant mind. It’s a rad, mature relationship.”

Versace Spring 2014 Collection

Rodarte Spring 2014 Collection




[Photo Credit: Regan Cameron for Marie Claire Magazine, IMAXtree]

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  • ChaCha_70

    Sorry but using the word “rad” followed by “mature” just gives me a chuckle. Oh Katy.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      The fact that she used “John Mayer” and “mature” in the same sentence gave me a chuckle.

    • boweryboy


      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I know!

    • AlisonS

      I thought it was the she said “fucked with” and the immediately quoted scripture.

  • Sam Smith

    Flaming Hot Cheetos are the cure for many ills in the world.

  • formerlyAnon

    Girl’s not a model but she can wear silly unflattering clothes better than most.

  • Vickiefantastico

    I just want to shake her and ask her what on earth she’s doing with John Mayer!!! Love the looks, actually.

  • Aidan B

    Cover shot is pretty good, but I find it hard to believe that second shot was the best they got out of that film; she looks stiff and uncomfortable, and the angle of her neck and chin are horribly awkward.

  • sojourneryouth

    She looks amazing here. I don’t like the Rodarte outfit, for metallic zebra print will never be my friend, but it works for her and the theme of her album. However, I think she has always sold her “great” relationship with her parents a little too hard. Especially since they routinely and inelegantly throw her under the bus while “preaching”, yet seem totally okay milking her fame for the extra attention, speaking engagements, and money that it supplies. Bless her for trying to be classy about it, but her parents are pretty gross.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      that might explain why she didn’t want them at the inauguration.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Did the the ghost of Gianni Versace overtake the Mulleavys . There clothes are frequently awkward but they are almost never flashy and trashy

  • Qitkat

    Comments on iPad look great, Uncles!

    • mmebam

      I agree. However, I’m having trouble on iPhone.

  • Qitkat

    Few could work that second look, but it is cool on Katy. Not a fan of either face shot though.

  • minnye

    I’m liking her more and more lately, against my will.

  • Blair Sylvester

    If you go from Russell Brand to John Mayer and a feeling of Deja Vu doesn’t overtake you I think you need to open your eyes

    • formerlyAnon

      We all have a type. Knowing little about either guy, I’m guessing hers is “Very bright but flawed.” Flawed as in broken in ways no partner is ever going to fix.

      • Tashina Savage

        Bingo! I feel like she and I have the same type.

  • manina

    She looks better and better as time goes on.

  • broke&fashionable

    She still sounds wounded.

  • Julie Chase

    That Rodarte is pretty hideous but she is killing it in that photo.

  • Jacob Bowen

    WHY is the sports bra type shirt appropriate for the cover of Marie Claire??? That jacket and skirt are cute, but that top is….ehhh.

  • Claudia

    How DARE she talk about herself in the same breath as Fiona Apple! The nerve! The gall! I realise I sound like a crazy music snob, but C’MON! I’m pretty sure Fiona is one of the high priestesses of my crazy religion wherein Stephen Fry is Supreme Lord….

  • Guest

    It’s silly that she didn’t invite her parents to inauguration even though they didn’t vote for Obama. The election was over! And which candidates other people vote for is really no one else’s business.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Y’know, I have to agree. That comment really made me think that she’s an asshole of the highest order. Okay, so she voted for Obama and her parents didn’t. What did she think would happen if she brought them to the inauguration? Did she think they’d cause a fuss or embarrass her? My guess, not knowing Mother and Father Perry, is that they wanted to come because maybe, MAAAAYYYBE, they were proud that their daughter was invited. I can tell you this right now – if I had a kid, and that kid was invited to the presidential inauguration of someone I *didn’t* vote for, I’d still want to go because I’d be proud as hell of my kid! I mean, the person who won the election would be the furthest thing from my mind! Jesus! What kind of a fucking idiot is she? Sorry, I don’t like super-conservative people either, so I get her on that front. But I mean – does she not understand why they wanted to come? Is she that obtuse? “How dare you?” Oh, go fuck yourself, Katy, really.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      sorry, i’m on team katy here. maybe she heard things from her parents that made her uncomfortable with her parents being there. i understand that if they demeaned him during the election, they weren’t entitled to enjoy his hospitality. i guess it depends on her parents’ attitudes , and only she and her parents know that. (awkward sentence structure there.)

    • melisaurus

      Yea I wouldn’t invite my parents to an Obama event either. They’re republican and awful about being subtly racist.

    • VicksieDo

      Those who didn’t vote for him (and they probably were nasty about it like my parents) do NOT deserve to meet him. Nope.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Not happy. Y’all know that I strongly disapprove of the normaling-up of Katy.

  • foodycatAlicia

    Where did all yesterday’s comments go?

    • Lesley

      wondering the same thing??

      • foodycatAlicia

        Dammit. I was HILARIOUS yesterday and I don’t know I have it in me today.

  • LeelaST

    Pfft to all of her comments & why is she leaning backward? Awkward!

  • Anthagio

    She’s beautiful, I’ll never deny that, but that’s it. No matter what she wears, she’s just there. Nothing special in any way to me.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    these outfits both look better on her than they did on the runway.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    OK I’m cranky today, (today?) but maybe it would be nice if interviewers could focus on something other than who she is in relation to a guy?

  • ankali

    She has spent entirely too much time not getting enough out of therapy.

    Also, I like the Rodarte about a million times better on her than the model, but that’s still not saying much.

  • H2olovngrl

    Those sound bites were all over the place.