Katy opened up about her music, the journey she has been on to rediscover herself, and her love life.
Perry told Mario that “Prism” chronicles her life. “When I started the record in November 2012, I was kind of in a darker place and had a little bit of my self-confidence shattered, so I was trying to build it back up. I wrote this song, ‘By the Grace of God,’ which was about me having a lot of negative thoughts in my mind, then you hear me find my strength throughout the message of that song and I come out in the end all right.”
The “Roar” singer explained the songs were a way to work on bettering herself after her divorce. “I did a lot of inward seeking, doing what I call patchwork. That was me being good to myself, going on a complete cleanse, going to therapy, going on hikes with my friends and just letting a lot of love into my life.”
This was also how she was able to find love with current boyfriend John Mayer. The two worked on the music together. “We did a song for his album. We were writing and recording around the same time for our records. We did an incredible duet called ‘Who You Love’ that is a beautiful song. I'm so proud of it because people hear it, and they hear a different side of me.”
As for just being with Mayer, Katy said it’s easier to date a fellow musician. “There's a lot of understanding when you get home and say, ‘Ah, I had a pretty crappy show.’ They're like, ‘I understand because I've had one, too.’ You get to share music. The dance parties are a lot more fun.”
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“Extra’s” Mario Lopez had an exclusive sit-down with superstar Katy Perry after hosting her “Prism” album release party at the new iHeartRadio Theater.