Katy Perry is topless on the cover of August's issue of Esquire magazine, and shows off her gym-honed body inside the mag too. She talks about her image, her Christian upbringing and of course her fiance Russell Brand. Here are some extracts from her interview:
- On her image: "I feel like I wanna be somewhat of a girl-next-door, but not as f**kin' sappy. People's attention span is so quick these days that if you don't burn an image into their brain, it will be covered up with something else."
- On her childhood: "I grew up listening to only Christian music. MTV was blocked on the television. When I went roller-skating, I would go on Christian night: Tuesday night. It was just a part of growing up — parents are strict because they don't want you to turn into Charles Manson. I was always very manipulative as a kid — I got my way. Which has helped my whole life."
- On Russell Brand: "He was a heroin addict and now he's not. He was addicted to all kinds of things, now he's not. And he used to basically be a professional prostitute. Now he's not. So he's an extremist, which can be good and bad. I always needed someone stronger than me. And I am, like, a f**king strong elephant of a woman. I say that hopefully in the humblest way I can. When we have an argument he knows I'm not going to throw m hands up and say 'OK, you win.' Let's get into it. Let's start debating. Let's wrestle, Russell."
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- On buying him an SUV and driving lessons: "I don't know if it's going to be a good thing. He needs to be in a small car made out of something bulletproof. He really tries. He's a wonderful learner, whether it's Krav Maga or Spanish. He has a lot of hobbies and he's always trying to better himself. That's why I love him."
- On meeting her match: "One night I picked him up from a meeting. It was just me; I was in my gym clothes, I walked into the meeting — he had his stylist, his seamstress, his PR person, hair, make-up. I'm like 'Oh my God, I am you. You are me' Two divas in one house. It's like splitting the atom: it shouldn't happen."
The full interview appears in the August issue of Esquire, on sale now!
Pictures taken by Yu Tsai, used courtesy of Esquire