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Writing Wide Awake Helped Katy Perry Evolve From Caterpillar To Butterfly

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In an MTV interview that airs on Tuesday, Katy Perry opens up about Part of Me, her divorce, and her song writing process in general.

She even reveals that Wide Awake was just a Teenage Dream afterthought!!

Whaaaat? We love that song!!

The studio needed a track for the film's closing credits and KP just sat down and hashed out the perfect tune!!

She explains:

"I love this song so much… It was a song that I hadn't written for Teenage Dream. I was doing this movie and they asked me if I wanted to write an end-title song for the movie and I was like, 'I know exactly what I want to say.' I was really kind of dying to write another song at that point. I didn't want to wait until I did a whole new record, and it's kind of the perfect last word of me at this moment."

Katy also talked about the concepts behind Teenage Dream — what her life was like while she wrote it and what she hoped to accomplish.

She confessed:

"I just wanted to tell a story about myself going through this journey, maybe sometimes trying to get out of the maze. There's good parts, there's bad parts. Of course, there have been a lot of things that went on last year that I had to get through and overcome. I think what probably kept me going is just the purity of my belief in music."

That's SO touching!!

We hate the crumby things your love-cookie Russell Brand did to you during your marriage, but we're glad you were able to turn that hurt and pain into beautifully cathartic music!!

The world premiere for the Wide Awake video is Tuesday on MTV!

[Image via WENN.]

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20 comments to “Writing Wide Awake Helped Katy Perry Evolve From Caterpillar To Butterfly”

  1. 1

    Crumby? WTF? You mean CRUMMY. Why are you so ignorant?
    It takes two to make a marriage go wrong, but you wouldn't know that, Perez, because no one wants you. You know nothing about what happened in the Perry-Brand marriage, and you should shut up. Keep your filthy, prying fingers out of it. You're pretending you know more than you do so you'll get attention, and that's just wrong. It's as wrong as Sharon Osbourne turning her son's MS into something all about HER, the awful, fame-whoring cow. Yeah, you're on that level, scumbag.

  2. 2

    what's this where you turn off comments on some posts and not others? trying to drive traffic to your other lame sites and/or to keep your critics voices censored? either way you don't have the balls to take the heat, not that you had any anyway

  3. Mary says – reply to this


    IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO Mr Perez! Your NO objectivity disgusts me as much I am disgusted by this woman who uses her divorce in everyway she can to make profit.

  4. 4

    Crumby, lmao. Brand is lucky to be rid of this poor little bed wetter. Of course she's on your preferred list so she can do no wrong. Hey, did Kat Graham wake up and tell you to fuck yourself like Gaga did? Do you have any friends that actually enjoy your company?

  5. 5

    I can tell u thousand awful things that Katy did to Russell too! Like that she didn't want to start a family with him and preferred going out with her friends until 6 am and GETTING WASTED. When she was asked if she wants to have babies she said "HELL NO, I like alcohol too much". At the VMAs she was sitting next to her sober husband and was bragging to everyone that she was drunk. Also, just after their wedding she went to a worldwide tour and she was NEVER with him. What did she expect?

  6. Zoe says – reply to this


    Crumby? If u ask me Russell had a lucky escape! That woman loves herself too much to love someone else too. She does everything for money. She's disgusting. using her divorce to make money! She writes songs about her divorce. She does music videos about her divorce. She's doing a movie about her failed marriage and edited the scenes in order to win our sympathy. There's nothing bad about her in this movie and we all know that she's NOT saint.

  7. Kate! says – reply to this


    We all know that Katy’s movie will portray the demise of her marriage as SYMPATHETIC TO HERSELF. SHE has the control of the edit. Plus, I hate her because she has moved on with a new man (with HUGE CHIN!) just 3 months after the divorce. And don't tell me that Russell moved on too because there are NO VALID pics of him with a gf. Russell would never hide a gf, which shows that he hasn't got one yet. He's single. BUT Katy and her bf=mr.chin are all over each other

  8. Gwen says – reply to this


    Who believes this woman? Not me! Heartbroken women do not make out in front of the paps 3 months after their divorce. As for the crumby things…you are such a hypocrite Perez. You act like Katy hasn't done any mistakes and she's a saint. BUT she's NOT. We do NOT know what Katy did to Russell because he has NOT said a single bad word about her or their marriage. I hope he writes a book about it and trash her like she does. Also, the 4 clips about her marriage in her movie do NOT reflect the reality! Dont forget that you saw HER movie which means that she showed what SHE wanted for us to see. I hate her and her fakeness.

  9. 9

    You know, nobody is 100% innocent in a marriage. It's not entirely Russell's fault this relationship didn't last. Quit making her look like such a victim. People always want to victimize the woman, but I'm sure it was hard for Russell's sobriety to see his wife drinking.

  10. Ellen says – reply to this


    Never feel sorry for a woman who jumbs from bed to bed. Her latest actions have showed her true colors. Only 3 months after her "painful" divorce she found a new boyfriend! If she truly loved her husband she would NOT have moved on THAT QUICKLY.

  11. ENOUGH says – reply to this


    He was seeing her wife doing drugs and getting wasted every once in a while. She has showed NO respect to his problems & his past. Crumby things that he did to her? Only her 10 year old fans who will watch her movie will believe the BS that she and her PR camp would want us to believe. She has made MANY mistakes, and she knows it…that's why she aims to look as the good girl and the victim.

  12. 12

    Re: Zoe – You don't know much about musicians do you? Musicians write songs about the things that are going on in their life … the good, the bad, and the ugly. Katy writes happy, fun songs and others that are "deep", meaningful slower songs like this new song "Wide Awake". Like she usually does, her video makes the song even better. You can tell that Katy has a lot of input into how her videos are done. Katy's an all around good artist.

    If you think musicians don't write songs about the highs and lows of their relationships as well as their breakups and divorces then you don't know much about the history of music. The smash hit album "Rumours" by the band "Fleetwood Mac" has several songs in that were written right after the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham as well as Christine and John McVie. That must have been hard for all of them to be in the studio making that hugely successful album.

    Katy just got out a pen and paper and wrote in her diary how she was feeling after the divorce to Russell. She later translated her writings into the lyrics and music for her song "Wide Awake". She's obviously very good at her craft. I bet "Wide Awake" will be another "Hot 100" #1 hit for her. That song "grows on you" after you hear it several times. It's a dreamy kind of song like the video and the lyrics are good. Keep on rockin' Katy! I can't wait til her next album comes out.

  13. 13

    didn't Christina Aguilera do this whole thing like years ago??? not very original, Katy…

  14. 14

    Re: ENOUGH – Russell HAD to know that Katy was going to be drinking and going to a bunch of late night parties! He's not an idiot. He HAD to know that hugely successful 24 year old musicians like Katy are very likely to be going out drinking and enjoying their success at parties. Russell was already 6 or 8 years sober when they first started going out. Come on!

    I doubt that Katy ever promised him that she was going to be stone cold sober ALL the time … when they were dating AND after their marriage. Russell shouldn't have married Katy if he didn't think he could handle her social life scene. Katy seems to be an independent, assertive person and an outgoing social butterfly type of girl. She's not the type to be a totally submissive little wife who walks on eggshells around her hubby. I like that about her. She's a tough girl. She has handled her rise to fame and her divorce turmoil pretty well as far as I can tell.

  15. 15

    She's a drunk, which is probably the main reason her marriage ended. But you are too so easy to see why you'd take sides with her

  16. 16

    I like Katy's performance of "Wide Awake" from about a week ago at the "Capital FM Summertime Ball" at Wembley Stadium in London. Katy doesn't really need to dress up in skimpy outfits to look sexy or have elaborate stage effects all the time. Sometimes I just want to see her get out there and belt out her songs as well as she can do it. That's what she does for this performance.

    Here's a decent video of it. Copy/Paste these keywords on YouTube … Katy Perry Performs "Wide Awake" @ Capital FM Summertime Ball 06/09/2012

  17. 17

    Perez you stupid fuck, I hope Russell Brand beats the living shit out of you. Or better yet, sues you.

  18. Signe says – reply to this


    Katy recently blacked out in a London bar. Her drinking has become a serious issue. I'm sure it led to the demise of her marriage to a sober person. I pray she does not become the next Lindsay Lohan. But seriously - her appearance over the last three years has gone downhill. No one should age that fast. She went from looking 24 to looking 40. I hope she takes some time off and gets the help to be in a healthier place in her life.

  19. 19

    Too… many…… haters…. on this site! Who cares what u think! Ha!!

  20. erika says – reply to this


    why do you pick the worst people to defend? katy perry is an attention-seeking idiot. she can't act, she's not funny, and she makes horrible music. she has so much infuence over young girls and does nothing with it except teach them to show off their tits and sing along to her sleazy songs.