Katy Perry, after sporting a short hairstyle for several years, is now nearly unrecognizable.
She posted the new hairstyle on Instagram over the weekend. “Back in 2017, Katy cut all her iconic black hair off and debuted her now signature, peroxide blonde crop,” said Cosmopolitan. The new hairdo was styled by Chris Appleton.
Cosmopolitan added that she had a short haircut as of last week, meaning that she likely is wearing a wig.
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A number of people responded to the hair: “Omg I had to do a double take bc u look like @laurenconrad with that hair.”
Another wrote: “Shes stunning with the long blonde hair.. like stunning.. like model.. like why why hasnt she done this before?”
Another fan added, “Is this really Katy Perry?!”
It comes after her last album, “Witness,” was described as a monumental flop.
“’Witness’ was met with mildly positive to tepid reviews, and while lead single ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ did break into the top five on the Hot 100 upon arrival, it dropped quickly after that, and both follow-ups, ‘Bon Appétit’ and ‘Swish Swish,’ failed to break into the Top 40, despite expensive music videos and promotional campaigns. That’s in stark contrast to her past records, which have all featured at least one (and up to five) No. 1 hits,” said Forbes.
Critics also blasted her album and noted that her attempts at getting political had fallen flat.
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“‘Witness’ feels like a slide backward into adolescence, even if the album is filled with songs where Perry attempts to address big cultural issues while walking a musical cutting edge. These conflicting desires surface on a tune as effervescent as ‘Chained to the Rhythm’—the only track here that could be called that, although ‘Pendulum’ comes close—and a song as somnolent as ‘Bigger Than Me,’ the second of two ballads on the record and the one that addresses the fallout of the 2016 presidential election,” wrote review website Allmusic.
“Now, at 32, having divorced the British comedian Russell Brand and supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Perry is talking about wanting to make ‘purposeful pop’ with her fourth (official) album. That clunky phrase suggests a push toward higher artistic ground but turns out to mean pop that isn’t really fit for the purpose,” said a reviewer with The Telegraph.
Her album’s commercial decline came after Perry, who sang at Hillary Clinton rallies, said she was going to perform political songs and make “purposeful pop.”
“Sometimes I get tweets saying ‘You should stick to singing and being a pop star,'” she said in 2016 just days before the presidential election, adding that she would not.
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But earlier in 2019, it was reported that Perry was going to get married to actor Orlando Bloom.
According to E! News and People magazine, the “Lord of the Rings” actor proposed to Perry on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and Perry confirmed the news.
Perry’s mother, Mary Hudson, wrote on Facebook: “Look who got engaged last night.” A photo showed the bride-to-be with her fiancé under a floral arrangement, the two news outlets reported, adding that the post was deleted.
“Lifetimes,” Bloom also wrote on social media.
He also shared a quote on Valentine’s Day, saying, “A shallow person will have only shallow relationships. Real love is not one person clinging to another, it can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality.”
The actor also wrote: “Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of ‘The Little Prince’ wrote in a work called ‘Wind, Sand and Stars,’ ‘Love is not two people gazing at each other, but two people looking ahead together in the same direction.” The quote was attributed to Daisaku Ikeda.