Katy Perry is one of the most successful female artists of our era. Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's 2011 "Queen of Pop" list, named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2012, and the first artist to spend an entire year in Billboard's Hot 100 top 10, Perry is a household name and beloved by many.
Two people who are NOT among her devoted fans, however, are Perry's own parents. You see, her father is an evangelical preacher, and he and Perry's mother tour the world preaching not only that Jesus Christ is the lord and savior, but that their own daughter has fallen into the hands of Satan. In a sermon in Santa Fe Springs, CA, Perry's dad, Keith Hudson, reportedly went so far as to refer to his daughter as a "devil child." Celebuzz quotes Hudson, "They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl? I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation and they were going at it. It almost looked like church. I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshipping the wrong thing."
Stepping out from behind her husband, Mary Hudson penned her own "sermon" earlier this year in Charisma Magazine, calling on parents of wayward children to maintain hope and pray for their prodigal. Husdon writes, "Satan’s assault on our youth is relentless, and they can’t fight against it alone. Parents have to walk in their God-given authority -- children can’t be left to raise themselves."
Seemingly unfazed by their criticism, Perry told Elle magazine that she has a good relationship with her parents, though "it could be better".