Katy Perry isn’t in it for the accolades.
Prior to holing herself up in a house for 96 hours in promotion of her album, Witness, the 32-year-old pop star gave a candid interview to The New York Times and revealed what she thinks of all the awards shows she had to attend over the years.
“All the awards shows are fake, and all the awards that I’ve won are fake,” she insisted, adding that they don’t represent the audiences at home. “They’re constructs.”
Perry has won quite a few awards during the course of her career. She has three Kids’ Choice Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and one Teen Choice Award. Perry is also a seven-time GRAMMY nominee.
The “Swish Swish” singer further noted in her Times interview that she felt as if she was playing a part in the past, and is now hoping to show her fans her authentic self. “I didn’t kill her, because I love her, and she is exactly what I had to do then,” she said of her alter ego. “And I’m not a con artist, I didn’t con people, like, that was just me. And this is me now.”
@katyperry, who released her fourth major label album, “Witness,” last week, stands as one of the biggest successes in the industry, alongside @madonna, @beyoncé and her wildly famous rival, @taylorswift. @katyperry has sold 6.5 million albums and nearly 71 million digital songs in the U.S., notched 14 Top 10 @billboard Hot 100 hits; performed at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show; and landed a gig as a judge on the revamped @americanidol. But thanks to @madonna’s restlessness, female pop stars are expected to reinvent themselves every few years. And for @katyperry, the stakes couldn’t be higher: She believes she’s now revealing her true self. “The old Katy Perry wasn’t a construct and she isn’t dead,” the 32-year-old pop star said. “I didn’t kill her, because I love her, and she is exactly what I had to do then.” She added: “I’m not a con artist, I didn’t con people, like, that was just me. And this is me now.” @jodyrogac took this portrait of #KatyPerry while on #nytassignment in New York City. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Perry added that she’s the happiest she’s ever been. “It’s a departure, and it’s a necessary evolution that I have to take,” she shared. “And I know that sometimes it feels publicly like I’m dragging cement blocks, but like, the pyramids were made out of cement blocks — or not cement. But do you know what I’m trying to say? I’m gonna get there.”
As for her famous exes, she referred to John Mayer and ex-husband Russell Brand as “beautiful in their own right,” and called her most recent ex-boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, “a man of quality and equality.”
During her livestream, Perry also ranked her exes in bed with Late Show host James Corden. Check it out: