An iconic pop sensation Katy Perry was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California. She is the middle child of Mary Christine (Perry) and Maurice Keith Hudson. She has an older sister and younger brother. Her father was a pastor. Raised in a deeply religious family, Perry’s first experience of performing was singing in church. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. As a teenager, Perry was exposed to other musical influences. One friend introduced her to the music of Queen, which remains one of her favorite groups. “I’m very inspired by Freddie Mercury and how flamboyant and theatrical he was,” she told fashion magazine WWD. In high school, she strove to be her own person, choosing not to limit herself to one social group. “I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids,” she told Seventeen magazine. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.
After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007. Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles “I Kissed a Girl” – which sparked controversy for its homosexual themes – and “Hot n Cold” from her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys. Her third album, Teenage Dream (2010), ventured into disco, and contained the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart topping singles “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” as well as the number-three single “The One That Got Away”. The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one songs in the U.S., and the second overall after Michael Jackson’s album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the songs “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake”. Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and dance. She became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for its songs “Roar” and “Dark Horse”.
Perry has received many awards, including four Guinness World Records, and been included in the Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women In Music” (2011–2016). Her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million. She is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold 100 million records globally throughout her career. In film, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs and its sequel in 2013.
Perry has dated Justin York at the age of 17. She then dated Matthew Thiessen who was a band musician and split in 2006.Her song thinking of you and I am still breathing was written about her relationship with Matthew.She was also dating Johnny Lewis on 2005 at the same time so they call it quit. She dated Travie McCoy on and off from 2007 to 2009 and filmed cupid song. But Travies drug addiction tore them apart. Perry then dated Travis Barker, A Blink 182 drummer after meeting in 2008 world tour. She also dated Josh Groban and mika. Not to forget she dated John Mayer but she eanded up marrying Russell Brand on October 23rd 2010 but by new year eve Russel filed a divrce. She then dated a model Baptiste Glabiconi for a short time.
Perry has supported various charitable organizations and causes during her career. She has contributed to organizations aimed at improving the lives and welfare of children in particular. In April 2013, she joined UNICEF to assist children in Madagascar with education and nutrition. Perry has supported organizations aimed at aiding people suffering with diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS. During the 2008 Warped Tour, she had a cast made of her breasts to raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation.4