Before taking the stage at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, pop singer Katy Perry told TV host Ryan Seacrest that she believes she heard from God just moments before her halftime performance at last week's Super Bowl showdown between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.
"I was praying and I got a word from God and he says, ‘You got this and I got you,'" Perry said. "And then I was on top of the lion and a guy — a random guy — looked at me with a headset that I’d never communicated with before. He looked me straight in the eyes and said 'You got this.' And I was like, 'Oh, that’s God confirming I can do this!'"
The singer, who inexplicably donned devil horns at moments during the Grammys, also described the process of preparing for the coveted Super Bowl performance, saying she practiced her act at least 40 times before officially taking the stage at halftime.
Listen to her talk about God and her Super Bowl preparation below:
As TheBlaze previously reported Perry, who was once a Christian singer and whose parents are pastors, publicly renounced her faith, telling Marie Claire in a 2013 interview that she’s no longer Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or “an old man sitting on a throne.” Perry did say that she believes in a higher power — a paradigm that holds her accountable.
“Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear,” she said. “I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of telling me the truth."
Perry said she's rejected traditional theological labels, but that while she has left her evangelical faith behind, she still feels close to the Lord.
“I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” she said at the time. “I pray all the time — for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.”
Marie Claire reported that Perry gets her connection to spirituality through the writings of Eckhart Tolle, an author known for his popular books about metaphysics and spirituality. She also practices transcendental meditation, a form of mantra meditation.
The daughter of Keith and Mary Hudson, evangelists who still travel around the nation speaking openly about their faith, Perry told Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 that God “is very much still a part of” her life.
As TheBlaze previously reported, these labels eventually changed. In 2011, Perry described herself as a “drifter,” saying she’s continuously asking questions and “soaking everything up.” She has also said she’s “open to possibility,”and that her strict upbringing as confined her in a bubble of sorts that she has since broken out of.
We'll leave you with her 2015 Grammy performance of her new song "By the Grace of God":
(H/T: Rolling Stone)