KATY Perry is calling the shots. Perry, 26, is balancing work and life and building her music around her marriage to comedian Russell Brand.
Her Californian Dreams world tour is on the road for a year, but Perry makes time for her man.
“You definitely have to learn how to pace yourself,” Perry says.
“I’ve routed it for me so that I can have a husband as well, which is really nice.
“I get three days off every now and then, so I’m able to re-energise myself and make it an experience that I’ll never forget, instead of a grind.
“This way, everybody gets to go home and see their family and have a bit of a life experience.”
Perry has cemented herself as pop royalty with hits including I Kissed a Girl, Hot ‘n Cold, Teenage Dream and California Gurls.
But it came at a cost. In her desire to please everybody, Perry said yes to everything.
Lately she has learned another word.“I think you start to realise the word ‘no’ does exist,” she said.
“I think it is just better for you and your mental health and your marathon, your stability. If I said ‘yes’ to every single thing, I would have been dead a long time ago. So I’m doing the right amount now.”
Katy Perry was born Katy Hudson. She was raised by strictly religious parents and released a gospel album 10 years ago.
Her latest tour, with heavy imagery of cupcakes and lollipops, returns to the sweetness of those times – to a point.
Perry insisted fairy floss be sold in the foyer at shows.
The show also features countless costume changes. In one song, Perry changes outfits eight times.
“There’s a bar in my quick-change area that I just hold on to and they are ripping s— off me, screaming and swearing, getting my side caught in my zipper,” she laughs.
“My knees are all messed up with scars and bruises. Definitely, the road starts to envelope your body and makes you look like a soldier of sorts – a soldier of the road.”
Perry sees the tour as her gift to fans; face-to-face time with the people who have supported her.
“I’m feeling a lot of love and that’s why I’m touring. I’m touring because I feel indebted to the crowd. I feel like I owe them some face time.”
Backstage, Perry enjoys some of the trappings of home. She travels with her favourite candles and a cross-trainer to keep fit. But, mostly, Perry keeps it real.
She says: “When I was nine years old, I didn’t pick up a hairbrush and think to myself, ‘I want to be famous’. I thought, ‘I want to be a singer, be on a stage, have wonderful costumes and write wonderful songs that people sing along to.
“The fame part wasn’t something that I dreamed of. I am very aware of it and I have both my good moments and my bad moments with it.
“But there are really disgusting things about fame. I think fame, when someone is just famous to be famous and there is nothing behind it, is disgusting.
“But talent and creativity and art is beautiful. It should be celebrated because it is about the evolution of a person.”
Katy Perry, Rod Laver Arena, April 28 and 29. Late-release floor tickets available from Ticketek 132 849. Perry launches her new fragrance, Purr by Katy Perry, at Myer, Bourke St store on Saturday.