Katy Perry Gushes On John Mayer In Billboard: “He Literally Is A Genius!”
Katy Perry looks ethereal on the October 5 cover of Billboard posing in a field of wild flowers. Inside the music magazine, the pop princes dishes on her wild feelings for boyfriend John Mayer, which are apparently in full bloom.
“He literally is a genius, as is evident from his songwriting,” Perry says. “I always tell him, ‘Darling, you know I’m going to have to give your mind to science after you’ve passed, because we’re going to have to understand how all these sparks work.’ When he puts his mind to something, he really gets it done very well. I always ask for his help.”
Perry is putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming third album, Prism, which is out on October 22. But the “Roar” singer is already thinking of where she’d like to go musically on her fourth album. “I’ll probably turn into more of a Joni Mitchell,” Perry confessed. “As I inch towards my 30s, I think my fourth record will be more of an acoustic guitar album. That’s where I started when I was first discovered and got my first record deal.”
She continued, “We’ll see—I can’t get ahead of myself. I’m still doing the work: I’m a good balance of left and right brain, and to be an artist with a long career, you’ve got to have both. One thing John [Mayer] said to me was, ‘It’s harder maintaining success than finding it.’ I’ve got a few records under my belt, and I still feel like a brand-new artist. People still want that truth to cut through.”
Expect to hear more truth-telling from Perry on Prism. “All the songs are real-life moments,” Perry says of the record. “I can only write autobiographically. I put all the evidence in the music. I tell my fans if they want to know the real truth about stuff, just listen to the songs.”
For more on Perry, click over to Billboard.com and pick up the issue, which hits newsstands on September 30.