Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson has become one of the world’s biggest pop singers. She’s better known by her stage name Katy Perry (from her mother’s maiden name) which was created so she could stand out from actress Kate Hudson. It took her a while to finally have her voice heard, but once she did, Perry rose to international fame with the release of her 2008 single “I Kissed a Girl.” She’s been pumping out chart topping hits like “Teenage Dream,” “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and even performed at the most watched and highest rated Super Bowl halftime show in history. In honor of her upcoming 33rd birthday, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things you might not have known about this amazingly talented singer!
10. Humble Beginnings
Katy Perry was born in Santa Barbara, California, on October 25, 1984 under the name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She has two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother. Even though Perry grew up as a Cali girl and sees herself as one now who loves to surf and lay out in the sun, she didn’t always enjoy living there as a child. “I left for L.A. when I was 17. Santa Barbara was boring to me back then. Now all I want is to be bored in Santa Barbara, because it is a beautiful place! But when I was young, I felt a little trapped on an island — my family isn’t well-off, and it was kind of tough to be hanging out with the millionaire families that live there. I always made do — if I had five dollars, I’d go to the thrift stores on State Street and get my vintage cardigans and pencil skirts. Thank God for the body, because that ’40s look really worked on me,” she said.