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Katy Perry: I Wasn't Ready to Have Children with Russell Brand

Katy Perry: I Wasn't Ready to Have Children with Russell Brand

Katy Perry shows some skin on the cover of Marie Claire‘s January 2014 issue, on newsstands December 17.

Here is what the 29-year-old singer had to share with the mag:

On having kids: “I’m definitely not there yet, and I can’t plan that far in advance. When I decide to have a family, I’ll just want to be Mom for a little bit.[Brand] really wanted me to have children, and I knew I wasn’t ready – I think it was a way of control. I think it was part of, If I have a kid, then I would have to sacrifice – I’d have to be home more. I really wanted to, but I knew I wasn’t ready for it. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s have a kid because we’re in love.”

On her on-and-off relationship with boyfriend John Mayer: “I took a break from my boyfriend, not one that I wanted. It was like a splash of cold water to search inward on what was going on with me. That is what let me to this new awakening, this realizing, If I don’t do some self-love, I’m not going to be able to keep the love that I want. I still needed to deal with all of my ex-husband stuff. I hadn’t. It’s almost like if I kept talking about it, it would seem like I actually cared about it. I don’t.

On the dark hours following her split from ex-husband Russell Brand: “There were two weeks of my life after I found out the truth of my marriage where I was like, ‘OK. All right. I can’t feel this. This is too intense right now.’ I was, like, just eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that’s it.”

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  • tick

    Russell Brand is the guy you party with– not the kind you marry or introduce to your parents. Definitely not the guy you want to father your children. He likes his freedom anyway. Like most men, he’s not monogamous by nature. I’m surprised he got married at all. Be that as it may, he’s not a bad guy. He’s still a great comedian, and he sure does know how to write.

  • Casey

    How classy. She couldnt just either keep quiet about it or say ‘my husband wanted kids but I wasnt ready’ oh no. She goes to it was all about trying to control me, make me stay home. her PR machine revs up

  • nm

    That was terrible of her to say that Brand was trying to control her by wanting to have children with her..Of course nobody knows what was happening behind closed doors, but Russel is a public figure, and a very well known for that matter, and I think that was a low blow for publicity. Shame on her.

  • living in a box

    then what the hell you got married in first place? when people are married they want to created a family.

  • LOL

    This is once again an egomaniac who has famous friends she is supposed to have found a new love and wants the world to believe she is NOW happy with narcissist John Mayer but IF she was so happy with the new guy..why keep dredging his name up in an interview. Because she still misses Brand.

    Russell Brand has already met somebody and is fine.

  • Rose

    Katy Perry is trashy. You got divorced and have been dating someone else for the past few years… get over it. Celebs complain about privacy and then you have ones like her that give us the details of why her marriage went wrong. We don’t care! It’s also classless for her to always whine about Russel Brand when he’s said nothing but nice things about her.

  • Ashley

    Love her Body. She met her DREAM HUSBAND at MarriageGuaranteed dot com and now she is Totally Happy and Fulfilled!!

  • what??

    Her comments doesn’t garner any sympathy from me. First of all when you get married most of the time it is to create a family. What I don’t like about what she said in a round about way is that having a baby is a man’s way of controlling a woman. She made a beautiful thing negative. She should have just said I wasn’t ready but no, she felt that would make her seem heartless and she couldn’t have that. So she put Brand under the bus for wanting what seemed normal. She is just career driven and wasn’t ready to give up a little of herself for a life. That is fine but don’t make drama about it when it was you who wasn’t ready to have a child.

  • Sam

    I wish she would stop dissing Russell at every chance. It is over, show maturity and move on like he has.

  • SMSinTX


    Saying, “most men aren’t monogamous,” is just code for, “I like perpetuating stereotypes about gender and monogamy because I think it is cool to excuse horrible boyfriends and husbands for the terrible way they treat their loved ones.” Nothing more.

  • SMSinTX


    I didn’t read any diss. She said he wanted to have kids, and she wasn’t ready.

  • ace11

    She needs to mature before having kids

  • Julie

    She wasn’t dissing anyone at all. She never said Russell Brand controlled her. He wanted kids, she didn’t right now. Where does it say control? And she was just saying how she felt about herself after the divorce. Everyone always tries to find a way to diss her and call her trashy when she is being the complete opposite of that. Come on people, read the article for what it is, not what you want it to be. I’m not saying she is perfect, none of us are, and I personally don’t think she is trying to be. I went through something similar to her with my boyfriend, and trust me people like me like to know we are not alone.

  • Lauren

    @SMSinTX: Beautifully said.

  • Lauren

    @Julie: “When I decide to have a family, I’ll just want to be Mom for a little bit.[Brand] really wanted me to have children, and I knew I wasn’t ready – I think it was a way of control. I think it was part of, If I have a kid, then I would have to sacrifice – I’d have to be home more.”…..That’s where it says control, dahlin’.

  • Lauren

    @living in a box: Not everyone. Some people want to get married but don’t want to have children.

  • DumboKaty

    She’s dumb beyond belief. If you are even thinking of children some day Katy, then why are you with John Meyer? That guy has zero class (remember the things he said about Jessica Simpson). He’s very immature and the opposite of a father figure. She sure knows how to pick them, huh? She is a blonde after all, underneath the black hair dye.

  • Sarah

    “I took a break from my boyfriend, not one that I wanted.” Is that a new way of saying “I was dumped”. She really is the queen of double-speak.

  • Boring

    I agree she’s not very bright and she needs to stop using Brand to sustain interest in her. She’s a free spirit and I have nothing against her but she’s really, really stupid. Not just about men but lots of other things too.

  • Nikki

    Katy doesn’t need to use Brand to sustain interest in her. Please. She’s one of the biggest Pop-stars in the world and Brand is becoming a nobody. I think she’s just being perfectly honest in this interview and I give her credit and respect for that. It does take maturity to be honest about your issues. People need to remember, Katy is only responding and answering questions she is being asked by whoever was interviewing her. She probably agreed to answer anything and Marie Claire ALWAYS wants details of celebs’ love lives. Give her a break. She is in a career where she works her ass off, is always traveling, and probably feels a bit scatter-brained. I know I would feel the same way!

  • http://comcast Jodi

    I love John Mayer, he is soooo talented. What he said about Jessica Sinpson was an attention getter. Jessica S. Was on every talk show pretending she didn’t like his remark, she LOVED it, to her it was a compliment. Keith Urban is one of my favorite entertainers and he said John Mayer was one of the kindest men he knows.

  • Teresa

    It’s been almost two years since Russell walked out on Katy the drunk. He is a sober guy and wants to stay that way. If Katy does not care why does she keep talking about him? And I wonder how long John Mayer is going to put up with her constantly talking about Russell?

  • mike

    brand disses her everytime he can he is a rude pig glad she finally said something bad about him in the press.

  • kat

    @Nikki: yep one of the biggest pop stars in the world…. that SCREAMS instead of SINGS. she’s a very bright bulb indeed *sarcasm*. anyways, it was obvious that the only thing she really cared about in her marriage with russell was her annoying a$$ trying to get every single one of her kiddy songs off of Teenage Dream to be a hit, thats all she cared about and everyone knew it, she didn’t care about marriage, she literally went on tour after her marriage, they barely saw each other and brand was cheating on her while she was touring. the both of them were in the wrong, its not just one of their faults but the both of them are gonna keep pointing their finger at the other person. if brand wanted to have kids with her, it isn’t because of control, its because he saw her as the mother to his future kids and wanted a family like any normal husband. she didn’t want kids dragging down her music career, thats exactly the reason but when i see REAL singers like pink touring with her husband carey and their daughter willow and pink is a million, bajillion times better of a singer and performer than katy and actually has a blast taking her daughter on tour all over the world knowing that she’s making a living to support her daughter even when shes already worth millions, it just makes katy look stupid and weak. having a child wouldnt have slowed her career down, she’s just selfish and only cared about herself and her career. the both of them shouldve planned out when they wanted to have kids, they both needed to discuss it and come to an agreement, clearly they weren’t communicating in this marriage.

  • poew

    When she isn’t showing her boobs she is talking about Russell lol I hope she disappears from limelight asap

  • Sassie

    I find her incredibly annoying and naive. Her singing is a bit on the marginal side and all of her videos are incredibly cheesy..even the ones that are not supposed to be. She just screams “cheesy” and “unintelligent:. I don’t think she’s stupid…she had to be somewhat bright to navigate her career when her talent and looks are quite frankly all that. She not the worst, but she’s not as great a performer as she thinks she is. She is very naive to think that Mayer will stay with her forever. He is a misogynist and misogynists tend not to stick around. Oh, really hated that Geisha performance she did recently….culture appropriation. Honey, Geishas have a place in Japanese history and it is ridiculous to used as a prop for your frivolous pop music.