The singer explains how she uses meditation to recharge and what she and fiancé Orlando Bloom drink in the mornings.
Singer Katy Perry had one of those “full circle” life experiences recently. When she was 16, she worked at a Gap in Santa Barbara, California, and dreamt of being featured on the in-store playlist. “Little did I know that 20 years later I’d get to live my dreams and be in one of those iconic Gap commercials,” she says.
The new holiday spot features Perry wearing pink sweats and singing a rendition of the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” The classic rock cover was released on streaming services in October and is the latest release from Perry, who has nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to her name.
Perry was born in 1984 in Santa Barbara to parents who were Pentecostal pastors. Her first studio album, which was released in 2001 under her real name, Katy Hudson, was a Christian-rock album. In 2002, she took on her stage name and re-emerged nearly a decade later, with a pop sound. Known for her colorful style, Perry became a pop culture fixture with her 2010 album Teenage Dream, which spawned several chart-topping hits. Her 2015 Super Bowl XLIX halftime show performance, featuring Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, has been viewed more than 59 million times on YouTube.
These days, Perry is working as an American Idol judge and spending a few days a week at the gym to prepare for an upcoming residency at Resorts World in Las Vegas. In 2016, Perry started dating actor Orlando Bloom. The couple had their first child together, Daisy Dove Bloom, in August 2020. Here, Perry explains why she’s always late to her workouts and what song she listens to every single day.
What time do you get up on Monday mornings? And what is the first thing you do after waking up?
Well, the first thing I do when I wake up is a little tiny verbal ritual. I do it every single morning. I say to myself out loud, “Thank you, God, for today. I am grateful for every day.”
Then I try to start my day out with my daughter, playing and having some floor time with her. Reading some books. It usually varies what time we’re waking up, 7 or 8 a.m. Sometimes I get to sleep in and Daddy takes her until 9, which is super. But we do breakfast together.
We always start the day by listening to “Lovely Day,” by Bill Withers. Daddy and I, we drink a couple strange drinks or healthy concoctions in the morning before we cram in our coffee. We drink a Niacin flushing drink, which makes us all red and gets the blood moving. Sometimes we’ll have celery juice, it just gets the movements going. We need all the help we can get.
After your weird juice drinks, is there something you normally eat for breakfast?
I have something light, avocado or avocado toast or just whatever berries my daughter leaves on her plate. I’m not a huge breakfast person, so I usually wait for lunch, and with lunch I’m all about the salad—wait, one of my managers is texting to tell me that I had a breakfast burrito on Sunday. Yes, I did! Thank you for reminding me of that. So if I don’t have a piece of avocado toast, I will have a burrito every once in a while with hot sauce.
Do you have an exercise routine?
My exercise routine is being half late to the workout because I hate working out. I’m always like, “I’m so late, too bad I can only do a few things.” The guy who works me out is like, “Yeah, right.” Right now, I’m gearing up for a big residency at the end of the year in Las Vegas, so I’m back in the gym about 3 to 5 times a week, but really it is about strength training and weights. We also like to hike. Orlando has one of those hiking backpacks that we can pop Daisy into; she loves it.
Do you have a beauty routine?
I have my certain potions and lotions, for sure, but I actually love Kora Organics, which is a line that Orlando’s ex-wife, [supermodel] Miranda [Kerr] made. She has this turmeric moisturizer that I swear by. I just incorporated it into my life in the past year…once I find products they’re staples for decades. I use that a lot, but [Orlando and I] like to do steaming, sauna, cold plunges. We really like to wake up the self. We really like to take care of our telomeres, you know what I’m saying?
In managing your schedule, what makes you feel overwhelmed and what do you do to avoid it?
Nothing really makes me feel overwhelmed at this point because I’ve learned how to manage it. I will say, I don’t like to be pushed, I’m always like, ‘No, I’m just going to take my time.” I also rely on meditation a lot of days but not every day. There’s this meditation that really resets me, Transcendental Meditation. I’ve been practicing it for like 10 years. For instance, if I don’t get that sleep in the morning because Daisy decided to wake up at 6, I can do Transcendental Meditation and find two extra hours in the day.
What’re you reading or watching these days?
Ted Lasso—I love it. And I’m so happy that Succession is back. It’s my favorite show on television, I think, of all time. I really feel like I learn how to strategize through it, for when I’m doing dealmaking. I’m also reading this book called Becoming Supernatural [by Joe Dispenza], which is about the magic of controlling your mind.
What’s one piece of advice that’s guided you through life?
I heard this saying once that really stuck with me: “True magic is just the ability to control your thoughts.” I think in those terms I’m just trying to be the ultimate magician. To really rein in that negative thinking and [believe in] the power of positive thinking.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.