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It's okay, you don't have to fight it: We all have crushes on Katy Perry. Not only is the "Roar" singer gorgeous, funny and talented, but she seems like she's having more fun than Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift put together. With her latest album, Prism, out now, she seems like she's doing fame right. And maybe, as she reveals in the new issue of W, it's because she started out doing it wrong.
At the age of 17, Perry came to Los Angeles to record an album with famed producer Glen Ballard. She tells the magazine she was "bratty" and "entitled" -- until two subsequent record labels dropped her.
"I was living in Beverly Hills, and a big famous producer had taken me under his wing. I was getting a monthly allowance -- I had a Louis Vuitton key chain for my Jetta! I thought I was the bee’s knees," Perry, 26, recalls with a laugh. "But it didn’t last: I got dropped from my record label. And the Jetta was impounded. And I couldn’t pay my bills. I suddenly heard 'no' more often than 'yes.' As cheesy as it sounds, the rejection built a lot of character in me. It takes strength to stick around in this business."
Maybe that's how Perry manages to seem so down-to-earth: she's seen the view from both the top and the bottom. She's also determined to keep learning from life's hard knocks -- like her divorce from Russell Brand, which may very well have been the inspiration for "Roar."
"This song is about sticking up for yourself. People talk about bullying, but you can be your own bully in some ways. You can be the person who is standing in the way of your success, and that was the case for me," Perry says of the song's origins. "I was having a great professional streak, but personally, I was really immature, so I had to balance those things out. If you are not happy with something, you should change it. So I went to a lot of therapy, and finally, I am able to speak up for myself: You are going to hear me roar!"
We hear you, Katy! Elsewhere in the interview, she admits that she never became a movie star because she hates getting up early in the morning, and talks about the first song that she was ever obsessed with: Queen's "Killer Queen," which a cooler friend played for her when she was 15. You can watch most of the interview in a video on the magazine's website, and if you're anything like us, it will make you want to hang out with Katy forever.
Okay, we know it's not just us. One Direction's Niall Horan is also crazy about Katy, and went so far as to "propose" to her on Twitter this Sunday:
I love you @katyperry ! Thank you! Ps . Will u marry me?— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 21, 2013
Niall has his own reasons to be head over heels: Katy helped "discover" him when she was guest-judging X Factor, before he joined 1D.
And then there's John Mayer, the man Katy loves. In W, she confesses that she had a longtime crush on the singer-songwriter before they actually started dating. One of the things that bonds them together, apparently: crying during in-flight movies.
"I always cry on planes. My boyfriend and I call them 'deprivation tubes,' she jokes. "You have a glass of wine, and you’re watching a movie, and then, wahhhh."
Katy, if you ever need someone new to watch The Notebook with, give us a call!