Katy Perry: How A Preacher’s Daughter Became America’s Flashiest Pop Star

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known as Katy Perry, is one of the most recognizable people in the world. Fans have seen the musician’s journey from a budding choir girl into a huge superstar. However, the success didn’t happen overnight, as it took years for her to get to where she is today.

From her upbringing by Pentecostal pastors to feuding with some musicians along the way, Perry has had quite the life in the public eye.

How much do fans really know about her transformation?

She Attended Religious Schools

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The middle child of two siblings, she was raised by Pentecostal pastors, Mary Christine and Maurice Hudson. The family helped set up churches across the country, with Perry attending religious schools along the way.

In an interview with Vogue, the star explained how she didn’t have the highest standards for education: “The schools were really makeshift. Education was not the first priority. My education started in my 20s, and there is so much to learn still.”