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Katy Perry Reveals Her American Idol Problem: When You're A Woman, 'You're A Bitch'

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Katy Perry is about to face one of the biggest obstacles of her career — sexism!

With her high profile (and high paid) upcoming gig as a judge on American Idol, Katy has already said she's looking to be more honest, like Simon Cowell.

Unfortunately, as she tells Glamour in the March issue (on newsstands February 13), she worries because she's a woman people will see her as "the bitch" of the show.

Related: Katy Is Reportedly 'Always Late' To Set

But with all the work she's putting in on herself this year, maybe she'll just brush off the haters and do what needs to be done…

See all the highlights of her big interview and her cover shot (below):

On Her Big Idol Obstacle

"It's not easy for me. I was saying the other day that Simon Cowell was my favorite judge because he's very straight-to-the-point. Most people who are at home watching American Idol—you know, eating food and going about their lives—are thinking either, This person can sing, or, This person can't. And Simon was that kind of judge. Simon could be mean, because he's an executive and a man. But you reverse the role, and all of a sudden you're a bitch. So I'm cautious. People also come in with their stories. And before they even sing one note, they'll say something like, "I'm homeless," and that will impact the way you perceive them. But if they really can't sing, the personal story has to come second. I hope that I don't get turned into "the bitch" because of that, but I also know that the music industry does not need just another singer."

On Finally Becoming An Adult… Soon

"I'm preparing to do a big soul overhaul very soon that I'm nervous about. I want to emotionally elevate myself. I don't want to hold on to childhood trauma anymore. I want to grow into becoming an adult. I'm preparing myself for having a family of my own someday. And that's the thing: I want to do a little bit more soul surgery before I have a family of my own so that I don't transfer any of those lingering feelings. I'm about to go heavy into that emotional process, and I'm nervous, but I don't think I have a choice anymore. This last year has been about killing my ego, which has been really necessary for my career. But for my personal life, it doesn't work that way. If I want to have that true balance, I have to step into being Katheryn Hudson."

On Her Adult Health Regimen

"I feel very out of sorts without routine, and the devil is sort of my playground when I don't have it. Every day is just a preparation for the show. Sleep is really important to me. I'm a big sleeper. I get eight to nine hours every night. Nine to 10 hours, actually. I eat about four meals—or four and a half meals—a day. I'm constantly eating. Luckily, I have this really amazing chef who does a no-sugar and no-dairy diet for me, and I stick to that pretty well. Maybe once a week I'm cheating. When I wake up, I go straight into yoga for an hour, and I usually do 30 minutes on the elliptical to get the blood flowing. I'll try to put in a meditation around 4:30 or 5:00 P.M…

​It's really about resting, eating, and exercising. In my twenties I used to be able to do shows hung­over after eating an In-N-Out burger. I can't do that anymore."

On Dealing With Recent Career Setbacks

"You know, I had a lot of expectations at the end of 2015 and the end of 2016 that weren't met. That was the first time, in a long time, that I didn't get my way. I think it was the universe's way of testing me, of saying, "We're going to see if you really do love yourself." That was challenging for me, because I didn't realize how much I relied on the outside validation. I thought that I didn't, but once you get kicked down the mountain a little bit, you realize that the weather really is better at the top. It's been really necessary for me to go through that. [And I've learned that] people don't relate to someone who is perfect or always winning anyway. You can't always be sitting perched on top of the mountain."

On Fighting Self Doubt

"I have had a lot of those thoughts, and I've written a lot of songs because of those thoughts. I would say that all of my best songs, or what I think are some of my better songs—"By the Grace of God," "Roar," "Firework"—are basically motivational pep talks to myself. They're my soul speaking to me, saying, "Come on. We can do this. One foot in front of the other." I also take the time to connect with the people who listen to my music. I read their letters or I'll meet someone who will say something like, "I stopped cutting myself two years ago because of this song," and I'll be like, Oh, right! That's why I wrote that song. I wrote that song so that it could bring a bit of joy back into people's lives."

What She Would Say To Her Twentysomething Self

"I'd say, "You're doing great, sweetie." [Laughs.] No, ummmm, it would probably be a couple things. Pertaining to relationships, I would tell myself, "There really, truly are so many fish in the sea. There's some whales. There's some sharks. There's some blowfish. And there's some cuttlefish. And you want to end up with the ‘cuddle' fish." [Laughs.] I'm just kidding. But I'd also say [much like the famous Maya Angelou quote], "People may not remember everything about meeting you, but they will always remember the way you made them feel." When I was first getting to Hollywood and meeting my heroes like Gwen Stefani and a couple others, one was amazing—she introduced herself and asked my name—but one just brushed me off. I'll never forget how that made me feel."

[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]

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