Katy Perry covers Elle: Success, sexiness and wanting to live 'a full life'
Inside, things get a little more interesting with a circus-themed photo shoot and a pretty candid interview in which the pop star talks about how she handles success, her style and her marriage to Russell Brand. Some highlights from the interview:
Climbing the ladder, and what she's done once she made it to the top: "I had two cars repossessed, and I was writing bad checks, but I gave myself a timeline. I thought, Okay, if I don't make it by 25, I'm just going to get married and pop out some babies and do some crafts. ...
"It's important to be relatable and normal. And I think that what helps with that, for me, is that I had the rug pulled out from underneath my feet so many times. It was like, 'Listen up, b***h, you're not going to get served this on a silver platter -- you've got to work for it!' I don't feel like I can act like an entitled b***h yet! I still have so much to prove."
The body: "I was shaped like a square at one time. I was! I'm generally around 130 pounds, which is totally fine for me. But when I was a kid, I was the same height and weighed more like 145. And I had enormous boobs that I didn't know what to do with, so I wore minimizers, which were not cute. Those thick-ass straps! I got made fun of for the over-the-shoulder boulder holder ... and all I wanted was to look like Kate Moss. Little did I know ... that these things would come in handy someday."
Russell Brand and how the relationship works: "Everything clicked really fast. We kind of instantly got past all the surfacey stuff. And ever since then, there hasn't been a dull moment. ...
"We both needed balance, and we give that to each other. It wasn't about me taming him, which is what everyone always says -- it was about timing."
Life beyond the stage: "I think some people will die on the stage, and I'm not so sure I want to do that. Like, I want to have kids! I'm totally fine with saying that. I think some people are scared because they're worried it's going to ruin their career, but I want to live a full life."
The March issue of Elle hits newsstands on Feb. 15.