This Sunday's issue of PARADE features (a very star-spangled!) Katy Perry on the cover! The singer opens up about a number of things, including why her divorce to Russell Brand needed to be acknowledged in her new 3-D concert documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me". She also reacts to Obama's support of same-sex marriage and chats about her new outlook on life.

Her new concert documentary chronicles Perry’s life onstage and off, through all her ups and downs—including her split from Brand after 14 months of marriage. Despite being addressed in the film, the breakup is understandably a sensi–tive subject for Perry. She refers to it only as “the situation”—as in,“I’m very aware that it’s inappropriate to give too much away, and that really the situation is just between two people,” she tells PARADE. When it’s noted that she and Brand have been respectful of each other in the media, she responds cryptically, “The universe will have its way.”

Read on for more highlights from her PARADE interview!

Perry admits her breakup needed to be acknowledged in the film: “I think if people walked out of the theater and that was completely avoided, they would be like, ‘Well, there’s an elephant in the room that’s still there.’ I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows. I wanted to show the complete spectrum.”

Perry’s musical collaborator Bonnie McKee on Perry’s new song “Wide Awake”: “When we wrote ‘Teenage Dream,’ it was really about your first love and how magical that is. I think Russell made her feel that way again, and she felt she hadfound the person she was going to spend the rest of her life with. And whenthat didn’t turn out to be what she’d hoped, it kind of made sense to talk about waking up.”

More on her 3-D concert film "Katy Perry: Part of Me": “There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. … I’m okay with having bad dance moves. I’m okay with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right.”

On Perry’s reaction to President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: “I was really happy; I probably went down to West Hollywood and had a shot. I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things—equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want—hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We’ll just shake our heads indisbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future.” '

Perry realizes how fortunate she is to call the United States home: “Not to sound overly cheesy but I really appreciate the freedom we have in America—especially as a female.”


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