Pop singer Katy Perry is “not Christian” anymore, she said in a recent interview.
The daughter of Keith Hudson and Mary Perry Hudson, two Evangelicals who still give talks across the U.S., Perry says she now practices Transcendental Meditation and finds spirituality through the writing of Eckhart Tolle, a transcendentalist. She also attends therapy.
I don’t believe in a heaven or a hell or an old man sitting on a throne. I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable,” Perry told Marie Claire. “Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear. I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of telling me the truth.”
Perry added that she doesn’t feel affiliated with a religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity. “But I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” she said. “I pray all the time—for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.”
While she doesn’t identify as a Christian anymore, Perry said she still “resorts back to scripture,” including “Pride comes before a fall.”
And she maintains a good relationship with her parents.
“There isn’t any judgment. They don’t necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don’t necessarily agree with everything they do,” she said. “They’re at peace with—they pray for me is what they do. They’re fascinated with the idea that they created someone who has this much attention on her. “