Apr 20, 2017 by Will Maule

Katy Perry Remembers Picketing Madonna Concerts As A Young Christian

Mega popstar Katy Perry has opened up about her sheltered Christian upbringing, even revealing that she would go to picket Madonna and Marilyn Manson concerts. Perry asserts that she no longer identifies with the Christian faith of her parents, but hasn't forgotten the days when contemporary Christian music singer Amy Grant was her favorite singer.

"Amy Grant was our Madonna," Perry told Vogue. "We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts." Perry believes she is now the "black sheep" of her family, having left much of her Christian faith behind as fame and fortune took over. 

"My house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening; you don't celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O'Reilly on TV," she said. "That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens. I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day."

So what does she believe now? 

"I don't believe in a Heaven or a Hell, or an old man sitting on a throne. I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don't want to hear," she said in 2013. 

"I'm not Buddhist, I'm not Hindu, I'm not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God. I pray all the time — for self-control, for humility," she told Marie Claire. "There's a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying 'thank you' sometimes is better than asking for things."

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