Katy Perry has been no stranger to controversy since her smash song “I Kissed a Girl” hit the airwaves earlier this summer. She’s received criticism from religious groups for singing about homosexuality, but also received harsh words from LGBT groups who say that the heterosexual singer is using bi-curiosity as a way to sell records.
But the most surprising criticism allegedly came from the singer’s mom, evangelical Christian preacher Mary Hudson, who reportedly told British tabloid The Daily Mail that she dislikes the song and feels that it is “shameful and disgusting.”
The paper quoted Hudson as saying, “Katy knows how I feel. We are a very outspoken family, and she knows how disappointed her father and I are. I can’t even listen to that song. The first time I heard it I was in total shock. When it comes on the radio, I bow my head and pray.”
But according to Perry, this couldn’t be further from the truth. She says that her parents have been misquoted and that, despite having their own opinions, they are fully supportive of her pop music career, including her most famous song.
“Well, that was actually false information,” she told MTV News during a recent stop on the MTVu VMA Tour. “I think people were calling up my parents and trying to figure out what’s going on, and all of a sudden they’re getting all these phone calls.”
“They love and support me,” she continued. “Of course, they have their own opinions, but you can never take a tabloid seriously. If they weren’t supportive, they wouldn’t come to all the shows. People like to make games out of other people’s lives.”
Once she dispelled the rumors about her mom disliking the track, the 23-year-old added that criticism from outside of the family doesn’t bother her either. “I think everybody is entitled to their own opinion,” she said. “I don’t think you need to be one way or another to try something, and it’s a song about curiosity. Of course, some people don’t like it, but to each is own. I don’t like stuff they do.
“I do understand,” she continued. “And to grow up and come from something different than what you are now and to spread your wings … I think that’s a beautiful thing.”