How Much Do You Know About Katy Perry?


Katy Perry is the new Miley and Miley is the new Katy Perry. Okay not really, but many are making this comparison as of late because of Katy’s shift from the fun and watermelon-loving pop star to a more artistically driven one.

Think less rainbows, cherry chap sticks and colorful wardrobe, to a look that pretty much makes you go: “what…in…the…world…?” Plus, there's the whole controversy about whether 67 million of her Twitter fans are bots.

Since stepping out in a custom red Maison Margiela piece designed by John Galliano at the 2017 Met Gala, Katy has been making headlines for her switch to a drastically different look than we’re used to. Although she’s distancing herself from her pop persona, her songs are still relatively the same. These too have taken a weirder turn though, such as her “Bon Appétit” song, which depicts her as a piece of food being prepared. Loaded with sexual double entendres, it’s certainly a huge divergence from her Christian upbringing.

With all this being said, would you be able to ace this Katy Perry quiz? Only a true fan could answer all the questions correctly, but even then, you’re sure to learn some new tidbits of trivia about the singer songwriter. Is she the next Lady Gaga or is she headed down Miley’s path? Either way, here’s to hoping she doesn’t take the Britney route.

Question 1

Why did she change her name to Katy Perry?

Sorry Katy Perry fans, but that’s not actually her real name. She was born “Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson”, but do you know why she changed it to just “Katy Perry”, with “Perry" being her mother’s maiden name? It’s a good thing she changed it though as her full name is just way too long and “Katy Perry” is certainly catchier and easier to remember, especially when singing about teenage dreams and kissing a girl. The reason she changed it is the same reason that most entertainers change their names.

Question 2

Both her parents are _______?

It’s no secret that Katy Perry had an incredibly religious upbringing, but do you know what her parents did? Prior to having Katy and her siblings, both her parents actually had a wild youth. While her father made and sold LSD with Timothy Leary, her mother dated Jimi Hendrix. Don’t let that tidbit of knowledge fool you though, as they completely turned their lives around when they became born again Christians. Their past is perhaps why Katy’s childhood was as religiously strict as it had been.

Question 3

Where was Katy Perry born?

So many big-time artists come from Canada nowadays. Do you know if Katy Perry is American or Canadian? She was born on October 25th 1984, and has two siblings. She has an older sister Angela and a younger brother, David. Although he hasn’t made it big yet, back in 2013, her brother had actually released an EP under the name “Dirty Face”. On stage, he goes by just “Hudson”. As a child, Katy also went through a stage of copying her sister a lot, but it doesn’t look like she’s doing that anymore!

Question 4

What kind of music did Katy grow up listening to?

On top of moving frequently because of her parents’ jobs, her childhood was also greatly shaped in other ways. For instance, she called “deviled eggs” angeled eggs – you can understand why. She also wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms because “luck” made her mother think of Lucifer. The kind of music that she was allowed to listen to was also different from the type that she sings today. Do you know what kind of music she grew up listening to?

Question 5

Who did she marry?

One sure way to know that your marriage was a fail – by celebrity standards, anyways? When Ellen Degeneres forgets about it. On a recent segment of the Ellen show, Katy Perry mentioned having to get married “again”, to which Ellen responded that she was never married. A bit of awkwardness ensued and Ellen even blushed when she realized that she completely forgot Katy’s marriage. Back in 2010, she got married in India in a traditional Hindu ceremony, but who was the groom? They divorced after just 14 months.

Question 6

Under what name did she release her first album?

We have already covered the reason for which Katy Perry changed her name in a previous question, but do you know under which name she released her very first album? It was released back when she was 16 years old under Red Hill Records and as she told EW: “It reached literally maybe 100 people”. Sadly, the label then went bankrupt, so Katy Perry had to figure some other way of getting famous. Do you know which name she went by? It mostly featured Christian music, with a venture into Christian rock.

Question 7

Who has she written songs for?

This question is a little tricky because Katy Perry has actually written songs for more artists than just these two, but these are the ones the stand out the most. For a major artist to pen hit songs for other top stars is already noteworthy in and of itself, so it kind of makes you wonder why she didn’t just keep the song ideas for herself. In most cases, she was actually supposed to appear alongside the other artists on their tracks, but was replaced by other artists, keeping instead the writing credits.

Question 8

Who has she feuded with since 2013?

If Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus can set aside their differences and perform for the Manchester Benefit concert, then certainly Katy Perry could too with the artist that she has been feuding with since 2013? Fans can certainly hope that these two make up and become besties! Do you know which other major star she has been feuding with since 2013? It all started when this other artist felt that Katy tried to sabotage her tour by stealing her backup dancers.

Question 9

What did she keep of Miley's & Taylor's?

Speaking of Swifty, do you know what Katy had kept of hers and Miley’s? Given the long-standing feud, she probably doesn’t have it anymore, but back in the first times that Katy went to the Grammys, she famously asked both Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus for something. She has admitted that it was: “totally creepy, but awesome”. We’re not too sure about the latter, because it’s definitely kind of creepy! Here’s to seriously hoping that she hasn’t used it with bad intentions.

Question 10

What do Katy Perry and Michael Jackson have in common?

There’s no denying the incredible impact that Michael Jackson had in the music industry, but do you know what Katy Perry has in common with him? She is actually the only female singer in history to have this, but do you know what it is? Given how Katy Perry exploded in popularity just a couple of years ago, it’s really quite surprising that she would hold this honor alongside the King of Pop, especially since many other artists, like Britney Spears, have been topping the charts for over a decade.

Question 11

What was Katy forbidden from doing when she was younger?

Earlier we covered that growing up, Katy wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms and could only say “angeled eggs” instead of “devilled eggs”, but her strict upbringing didn’t end there. Her music choices were also heavily controlled as she could only listen to Christian music, and there is another really major thing that she wasn’t allowed to do. Can you guess what it was? She has confessed in interviews that she knows of this thing, but has never done it even to this day.

Question 12

In which movie did she star for the first time?

Ironically, she wasn’t allowed to watch this either growing up, but she nonetheless went on to have a part in a movie that came out in 2011. Do you know which movie she had a principal role in? She hasn’t had all that many acting gigs since, though she did star in a subsequent movie to this one, as well as Zoolander 2 in 2016. Perhaps acting isn’t for her, though it would be pretty cool to see her in more movies in the future.

Question 13

What did she study for a short time?

Despite having some stellar acting or singing careers, many celebrities go to university and earn a degree in various fields. Emma Watson, for instance, has famously attended Brown University and earned a degree in English literature. Many other stars earn their degrees prior to becoming famous, and others just study a bit before giving it up. With that being said, do you know what Katy Perry was studying at the Music Academy in Santa Barbara before her career officially took off with her first hit, “Ur So Gay”?

Question 14

Who was “I Kissed A Girl” inspired by?

In an interview with Steppin’ Out magazine, Katy Perry confessed that “I Kissed A Girl” was inspired by a major celebrity when she saw her picture in a magazine. Do you know which famous celebrity it is? During the interview, she also added: ”I was with my boyfriend at the time, and I said to him, ‘I’m not going to lie: If [she] walked into the room and wanted to make out with me, I would make out with her. I hope you’re okay with that?'

Question 15

What’s her cat’s name?

Arguably, Katy Perry’s cat is just as famous as she is. A couple of years ago, she even had a blog dedicated to him and back in 2009, he was also nominated for Best Celebrity Pet at the Teen Choice Awards. Sadly, he didn’t win, but then again, he was faced with some pretty stiff competition, namely Adam Sandler’s bulldog Matzo Ball, Ashton Kutcher’s Chihuahua Vida Blue, Vanessa Hudgens’ poodle Shadow and the winner, The Obamas’ Portuguese water dog, Bo.

Question 16

What did Lily Allen threaten to do after Katy Perry compared herself to her?

No stranger to cat fights, Taylor Swift isn’t the only celebrity that Katy Perry has angered over the years. It’s a feud that has since been squashed, but back in 2008, the claws came out when Katy Perry described herself as a “fatter version of Amy Winehouse and the skinnier version of Lilly Allen”. The fat shaming didn’t sit well with the former artist, but what did Lilly Allen threaten to do if Katy Perry “[opened] her mouth one more time”?

Question 17

Aside from singing, which instrument can she play?

Katy Perry is a woman of many talents. We already covered that she studied Italian opera for some time, and it’s also quite known that she can play the piano, but do you know which other instrument she can play? In fact, she’s known to write songs for both the piano and this instrument. She has also granted a couple of interviews with this instrument in hand. Perhaps she doesn’t play it much on stage because it’s another artist’s feature instrument.

Question 18

What does she do every time she sees Mario Lopez?

Who can resist Mario Lopez? Katy Perry definitely can’t! There’s a bit of an age gap between them and he’s married to Broadway dancer and actress Courtney Mazza, with whom he also has two kids, but hey, you never know! Katy Perry continues to venture further and further away from her Christian upbringing, so do you know what she does every single time that she sees Mario Lopez? It’s something that no one would be able to resist doing around him for sure!

Question 19

What color is her natural hair?

In many places, you will see Katy Perry’s original hair color being listed as blonde but that information is false. In an interview with Glamour, she called her original hair color a very unique kind of name. Do you know what it is? She followed up her statement by saying: “So I’ve been playing with colors since I was 15. I loved the grunge green, and shocking blue was fun. Colored hair is such a huge accessory that you don’t even need to add extra stuff.”

Question 20

What does Katy love to do for fun?

With every year that goes by, Katy Perry becomes more and more unusual. She started off as the fun-loving singer, but has now diverged into more Lady Gaga territory with her outfit choices and even music videos. With that being said, there’s something that she likes to do in her spare time for fun. Can you guess what it is? It’s something that most of us would prefer to avoid at all costs and yet, she does it because she actually enjoys doing it.

Question 21

What did Katy help her sister with in her living room?

Talk about being multi-talented! In the very beginning, we covered that she’s actually the middle child, with David, being her younger brother, and Angela, being her older sister. In terms of age, they’re not too far apart but the biggest difference between the two sisters is that Angela is married and has already given birth. With that being said, what did Katy Perry help her sister with in her living room? Katy's family is very important to her, so it's no surprise that she would her sister in this way.

Question 22

Columbia Records wanted Katy to be the next _____?

When Katy Perry’s career was still starting out and she was in negotiations with Columbia Records, they begun trying to get her to be like another artist that had made it big in the entertainment industry. Do you know which artist they wanted her to be more like? They also hooked her with a The Matrix, a production team, who also tried to get her to be more like various artists, but ultimately, she said: “I just want to be the first Katy Perry”.

Question 23

What did Katy almost cause when she said “using blasphemy is ‘cheap"?

She may be all “cherry chapstick” and watermelon imagery obsessed, but behind the bubbly façade lies a personality that isn’t afraid to call others out. Her words have landed her in trouble a couple of times with other stars and back in 2010, Lady Gaga was allegedly on the receiving end of Katy Perry’s sharp criticism. The same day that Lady Gaga premiered her “Alejandro” video, Katy Perry also posted: “Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke”. Katy maintained that it wasn’t directed at Lady Gaga, but what did her comment nearly cause?

Question 24

What does Katy Perry always travel with?

We hear it all the time, that such and such celeb had all these outrageous demands. Just recently, Justin Bieber came under fire for his outrageous demands list, which included an Indian yoga casket, Mogul paintings, a Jacuzzi, massage tables, scented candles, a convoy of 10 luxury sedans, and much more. Can you guess what Katy Perry makes sure to always take with her when she travels? It's something that she has stated that she absolutely needs, especially at night.

Question 25

Why was "Prism" deemed a biohazard in Australia?

Back when Katy Perry released her “Prism” album in 2013, the Australian Department of Agriculture deemed her album a biohazard. Do you know what was included in the album that the Australian locals were not happy about? In fact, a special edition of the album had to be produced just for Australia, which excluded the thing that Australians deemed a biohazard. Fortunately, that didn’t stop “Prism” from debuting at the top of the Australian charts and from “Roar” being sung everywhere.

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