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Katy Perry on rigid religious upbringing: ‘I didn’t have a childhood’

Laura Donovan Contributor

Pop sensation Katy Perry, who is known to many for her hit single “I Kissed a Girl” and marrying sex addict Russell Brand, told Vanity Fair in a new interview that her strict Christian parents prevented her from growing up like most kids.

“I didn’t have a childhood,” Perry said, adding that her mom wouldn’t read her anything other than the Bible, and that she was forbidden from saying “deviled eggs” or “Dirt Devil.” Because the 26-year-old also couldn’t listen to secular music, she depended on friends to sneak her CDs.

“Growing up, seeing Planned Parenthood, it was considered like the abortion clinic,” the California native said. “I was always scared I was going to get bombed when I was there…. I didn’t know it was more than that, that it was for women and their needs. I didn’t have insurance, so I went there and I learned about birth control.”

Perry said of her parents, who own a ministry, “I come from a very non-accepting family, but I’m very accepting.”

In March, Perry’s mom Mary Perry Hudson shopped around a book proposal in which she writes that she “disagrees with a lot of choices” Katy has made career-wise and calls Brand a “foul-mouthed” man.

“[N]o mother wants to see the top of her daughter’s boobs,” Mary Perry Hudson wrote in the proposal, which Page Six obtained. “I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance…Yet she sang out, ‘I kissed a girl, and I liked it,’ while thousands joined her. One part of my heart soared…the other part broke for the thousands of hungry souls being fed something that didn’t nourish their spirit, but fed their flesh.”