Katy Perry's Attempt to Buy a Hollywood Convent Reportedly Blocked By Nuns
Perry is trying to buy the former convent for $14.5 million
Katy Perry has her eye on purchasing a one-time convent, but its nuns are having none of it.
The California Institute of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary are at odds over who has the legal right to sell their former convent with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Per court documents, the five remaining sisters recently sold the villa-style property to interior designer and urban developer Dana Hollister, while the Archdiocese had a $14.5 million deal in the works with Perry.
Perry has reportedly had her eye on the real estate for three years, and when the diocese told the remaining nuns they had lined up a buyer, they did a quick Google search on the singer.
“Well, I found Katy Perry, and I found her videos and … if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,” Sister Rita Callanan, 77, told the L.A. Times.
Sister Rita also watched the performer’s Super Bowl halftime show in February. Between the song selection’s mildly suggestive lyrics (her set included “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls” and a twerk-tastic Missy Elliot medley) and her high-flying finale (and probably Left Shark), Sister Rita was left scratching her head.
“I thought, is that a way to make money?” she added to the L.A. Times. “Maybe I could fly around. I could be the flying nun.”
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In May, Perry even met with the sisters at the convent, where – according to the L.A. Times – she dressed modestly, sang the gospel hymn “Oh Happy Day,” showed off her “Jesus” wrist tattoo and left a relatively favorable impression on the nuns, telling them she wanted to live on the property with her mom and grandma, sit in the meditation garden, drink green tea and “find herself.”
A rep for Perry did not respond for a request for comment.