She famously sang about kissing a girl and liking it, but Katy Perry says she did way more than that.
Katy Perry has revealed she spent her teens trying to 'pray the gay away' as she explored her sexuality.
The singer opened up about her deeply religious childhood and how her experiences inspired breakout hit 'I Kissed A Girl'.
She made the comments while accepting the National Equality Award at the Human Right Campaign Gala in Los Angeles over the weekend for her work supporting equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Warning: Strong language
"I'm just a singer and songwriter, honestly," Katy told the crowd. "I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite size pop songs.
"For instance, 'I kissed a girl and I liked it.' Truth be told, I did more than that. But how was I going to reconcile that with a gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?
"What I did know was I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn't as black and white as this dress."
I will never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people. ???????(part 1) https://t.co/Swaz38wUwr— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 19, 2017
Katy added that she spent her adolescence trying to pray "the gay away in my Jesus camps" before discovering her talent and connecting with like-minded people.
"These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear," she explained. "They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met."
Other celebs who attended the event included Australian singer Troye Sivan, who performed during the ceremony.