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All about Katy Perry's very religious parents: her strict upbringing, their relationship today, and her mom's political aspirations

The "Firework" singer has spoken candidly about her very conservative and religious upbringing

Keith Hudson, singer Katy Perry, and Mary Hudson attend the 2012 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Capitale on November 30, 2012 in New York City
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Katy Perry has come a long way from her days where she still went by her real name, Katheryn "Katy" Hudson, and started her career in music by way of a contemporary Christian record, which she released in March 2001.

It wasn't until 2008 that she would leave behind the conservative, ultra-strict lifestyle that defined her childhood in favor of her signature campy and risqué persona first established by hits like "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold."

While her brand and discography pales in comparison to what one might expect from a child of preacher parents who prohibited her from listening to secular music, the "Firework" singer hasn't shied away from opening up about her upbringing and her parents, whose conservative values were recently brought back to the spotlight by way of a Republican candidacy from her mom.

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Who are Katy Perry's parents?

Katy was born in Santa Barbara in 1984 to Maurice Keith Hudson and Mary Christine Perry, who have worked as Pentecostal pastors and evangelical ministers for over forty years.

Maurice was born and raised in Las Vegas – where Katy later had her own residency – which is where he met his future wife, who was at the time working as a radio news director and freelance journalist. They tied the knot in the famed Nevada city in 1979, after which they started their own church in Santa Barbara, and have traveled the world as preachers in the years since.

Katy Perry and her mother Mary pose during the photocall before Chanel 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection show in Paris on July 4, 2017© Getty
Katy's mom is becoming involved in local Santa Barbara Republican politics

What is Katy Perry's mom running for in politics?

In November, Mary, 75, filed paperwork and subsequently declared her candidacy for a seat on her local Republican Party's central committee in Santa Barbara.

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She is set to appear on the county's voting ballot in March, and should she be elected, she would represent the Santa Barbara County Republican Party as someone tasked with promoting the party's platform within her local community.

Mary Perry, Singer Katy Perry and Keith Hudson arrive at "Katy Perry: Part Of Me" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California© Getty
Katy has said she has an "agree to disagree" relationship with her parents

Does Katy Perry have a relationship with her parents?

Katy has been candid about the differences between her values today and that of her ultra-conservative parents, though she has also opened up about finding common ground with them.

"I come from a very non-accepting family, but I'm very accepting," she told Vanity Fair in 2011, adding: "We coexist. I don't try to change them anymore, and I don't think they try to change me. We agree to disagree."

During a 2017 appearance on the Today Show, she similarly said: "They don't agree with some of the things I do and they do wish that I could do other things," though she maintained: "My parents are great, and I love them so much," and even added: "I cry sometimes thinking about how much I love them."

Katy Perry performs at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California© Getty
The singer quickly became known for her campy and risqué looks in 2008

What has Katy Perry said about what her strict childhood was like?

During the aforementioned interview with VF, Katy declared she "didn't have a childhood," as a result of her parents' strict, religion-led rules.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom attend the LA Premiere of Amazon's "Carnival Row" at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 21, 2019 in Hollywood, California.© Getty
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She recalled how her mother never read her any books other than the Bible, being prohibited from saying things like "deviled eggs" or "dirt devil," or listening to secular music, and her fears of getting "bombed" when she first visited Planned Parenthood, having grown up thinking it was exclusively an "abortion clinic," as opposed to the women's health center with wide-ranging services that it actually is.

Katy also remembered always having a sense of skepticism when it came to faith, and said: "I have always been the kid who's asked 'Why?' In my faith, you're just supposed to have faith. But I was always like, 'Why?'" adding: "At this point, I'm just kind of a drifter. I'm open to possibility. My sponge is so big and wide and I'm soaking everything up and my mind has been radically expanded. Just being around different cultures and people and their opinions and perspectives. Just looking into the sky."

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