Katy Perry. biography
Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California, Katy Perry landed officially ignited her career when she signed with Capitol in 2007 after having three record deals fall through.
The aspiring singer later released her first single "Ur So Gay," but she wasn't recognized for her talent until she released her next single "I Kissed a Girl" off her debut album Teenage Dreams (2010).
Contrary to her lyrics of sexual exploration in "I Kissed a Girl," Katy was raised in a conservative family by her parents who are both pastors. Katy and her siblings were forbidden from listening to any rock or popular music and watching cable channels like VHI and MTV. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Katy said, "The only things I was allowed to listen to were the Sister Act 1 and 2 soundtracks."
The rising singer's parents' tight grip did not deter her passion for music and she began taking singing lessons at the age of 9. After learning to play the guitar at the age of 13, Katy started her rebellion against her parents by piercing her nose and proclaiming her pursuit of a musical career. Katy and her parents came to an agreement, making several trips to Nashville to record her gospel album Katy Hudson. Released in 2001, Katy told Entertainment Weekly, "It reached literally maybe 100 people, and then the label went bankrupt."
As a teenager in high school, Katy was introduced to the music of Queen, which inspired her to be her own person by refusing to limit herself to one social group. After receiving a GED, Katy moved to Los Angeles to work with producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, who had helped launch Christina Aguilera and Alanis Morissette's careers.
At the age of 17, Katy struggled to survive on her own and met additional disappointments when Ballard was unable to find a record company. Finally, after three records fell threw, Katy signed with Capitol Records in 2007, followed by her first single, "Ur So Gay." Her quirky lyrics caught the attention of Madonna but her career didn't flourish until her single "I Kissed a Girl" rose to the top of the charts in the summer of 2008.
The release of Katy's debut album One of the Boys earned her a Top 10 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while her hit single "I Kissed a Girl" secured a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
In August 2010, Katy released her second album Teenage Dreams along with its hit single "California Gurls" reaching number one on the Billboard charts. When commenting on her plans for the future, Katy told Entertainment Weekly, "Ultimately I want Katy Perry to be as much of a household name as Madonna."
Katy then re-released the album under the name Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection in 2012, with the single "Part of Me" peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Wide Awake" earning a Grammy nod for Best Pop Solo Performance.
In 2013, Katy released her fourth studio album Prism, which features the lead single "Roar."
Aside from music, Katy landed her first substantial role in the animated flick The Smurfs (2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013). She also starred in her documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012).
Katy Perry Boyfriend, Ex-Husband & Dating History Timeline
Katy dated Justin York, her first boyfriend, and admitted on Twitter that she lost her virginity with him when she was 17. She later told Howard Stern that her first time was quick, unpleasant, and done in a construction sight in Nashville, Tennessee.
2003 - 2006
Katy dated songwriter Matthew Thiessen for three years. The singles "I'm Still Breathing" and "I'm Thinking of You," off of her first album, were about Matthew.
2005 - 2006
Katy and actor Johnny Lewis, known from Sons of Anarchy, dated from 2005 - 2006. They reportedly called it off because Katy wanted to focus on her career. In 2012, Lewis murdered his landlady, Catherine Davis and her cat before falling to his death.
2008 - 2009
After meeting on Warped Tour, Katy occasionally dated Travis Barker for a while before breaking it off completely. Shortly after they started dating, Travis told People magazine that he thought Katy was "super hot."
September 2009 - December 2009
During the 2009 Video Music Awards, comedian Russell Brand joked about having a crush on Katy. They started dating shortly after and before the year ended, they got engaged.
December 2009 - October 2010
After just three months of dating, Russell proposed to Katy in India while they sat on top of an elephant and watched fireworks.
October 2010 - December 2011
Katy and Russell married on October 23, 2010 in a ceremony in India. Unfortunately, the adorable couple was not meant to be and Russell filed for divorce in December 30, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences.
March 2012 - March 2012
Katy and model Baptiste Glabiconi were rumored to be dating in March 2012, when they both attended Paris Fashion Week, but the rumors died down after the event.
April 2012 - April 2012
Katy and Robert Ackroyd, the guitarist from Florence + the Machine, hooked up in April 2012. They were spotted holding hands through out two weekends at Coachella but the romance quickly faded.
August 2012 - Present
Katy and John Mayor were spotted holding hands while driving together in early August, which in Hollywood translates to dating.