Katy Perry’s July film release, the 3-D concert spectacular “Part of Me,” will not only take fans on her tour, but will also bring them behind the scenes as she faces both highs and lows, professionally and personally. Most notably, while shooting the film back in 2011, she split from her husband, comedian Russell Brand , and the cameras were rolling through it all.
“I thought it was important for me to show everything in between,” she said about including both the good and the bad when she sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Tuesday (May 22).
“Sometimes, people think that we’re perfect, and we know we’re not perfect at all,” Perry continued. “I think it’s important to start breaking down the idea that to achieve your dream, you have to always be perfect or flawless or live in a fantasy world. So that’s why I decided to put everything into the film, in the most tasteful way.
“But, mostly, it’s about how I got there and the ride along the way, which can be bumpy, but mostly, it was extremely fun.”
Besides her recent personal bumps, Perry also opened up about the time before she became the pop star she is today, when record labels weren’t sure what to do with the bubbly singer, given her strict religious background. “There was just a lot of the word ’no’ being sent my way, and I just never accepted that,” she explained about having to overcome industry woes and her upbringing to become the artist and person she wanted to be.
Perry also tweeted art for her new song, “Wide Awake.” The track, the lead single for the July 5 flick, was also included on her Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection re-release, which dropped earlier this year.
The art is pretty simple: a close-up shot of Perry, her hair dark purple and done in soft waves, with butterflies in it.
Perry performed the track at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, the same day she dropped a lyric video to tease the release of her music video for the song, which she filmed back in early May . The lyric video has a Facebook timeline theme that, with every lyric, a different milestone pops up on her timeline, ranging from winning awards to releasing music videos.