Leaving pop novelty and broken hearts behind her, Katy Perry has grown into her formidable talent.
San Ysidro Ranch is a ritzy hideaway in the wine country of Southern California, where major celebrities cluster. The Montecito foothills rearing up behind the property make a spectacular backdrop for all the charming heritage buildings, and on a pretty day it is a nice place to wait for someone who is stuck in traffic in Los Angeles. So, when Katy Perry roars in like a Bond girl in her low, growly, bright-red Maserati GranCabrio Fendi and hurls it into a parking space, it’s like the beginning of a movie.
I adore a capable woman who can drive like James Bond (especially since she has to chauffeur me around all day). Why did she buy a Maserati? Perry says, “Because I didn’t like the Porsche. And it’s rented.” She is in a girly-girl’s flower-print dress in shades of mauve—is it vintage? Or is it a vintage-inspired knockoff of a 1960s dress? She shakes her head: “Ach! It’s just a . . . little dress I found,” she says. “One of those little dresses everyone has. That you just—throw on. And you’re dressed.” And are these Repetto ballet shoes on her feet? In the same bright orange as her nail polish? “Yes, ma’am. Easy to pop on and off.” And is that thick mass of lush raven hair all hers? She laughs. “Probably straight off the airplane from India.”
Katy Perry says Russell Brand was “a magical man” when they met four years ago, but the spell wore off shortly after their Indian wedding in October 2010. And it bottomed out when the actor sent her a text 14 months later informing her he planned to file for divorce.
“He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him,” Perry tells Vogue in a revealing cover interview for its July issue. “Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”
Perry, 28, says that Brand, 38, seemed to have difficulty accepting her role as a successful musician and businesswoman – even if that’s what he thought he wanted.
“At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness,” she says.
Perry moved on with musician John Mayer in 2012, and says their coupling was much more than a casual rebound relationship. Despite his lothario reputation, she says, Mayer is a great guy with a “tortured soul.”
“I was madly in love with him. I still am madly in love with him,” says Perry, who was spotted out with Mayer earlier this month.
Adds the pop star, who is currently at work on her third album, “All I can say about that relationship is that he’s got a beautiful mind. Beautiful mind, tortured soul. I do have to figure out why I am attracted to these broken birds.”