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September 07, 2016 04:40 PM

Katy Perry has to drive over an hour if she wants to hang out at boyfriend Orlando Bloom‘s house, and, well, that’s kind of a nuisance.

The “Rise” singer lamented the pseudo-long distance relationship in a new interview with Women’s Wear Daily, saying, “My boyfriend lives in Malibu and getting used to that [drive] was like, ‘Are you kidding me? What kind of life is this?’ ”

“I get the whole coming to L.A. and living by the beach thing,” she jokingly bemoaned. “But it’s really like, it’s so far, nobody [who lives in town] is going to come see you.”

Perry, 31, and Bloom, 39, first linked up in January, and have gotten more serious throughout the year. “[Bloom] would love to settle down with Katy and have more kids,” a source told PEOPLE just last month.

Part of the star’s issues with beachside Malibu is her own tie to Santa Barbara, California, where she grew up.

“I grew up in the poorest part of Santa Barbara,” Perry said. “People associate it with the French Riviera, almost Monte Carlo, like beautiful American rich people, and we were like super poor. Actually my boyfriend didn’t even believe me and I was like, ‘I’m going to drive you by my house’ and you can Google Earth it.”

The artist – the daughter of preachers – called her upbringing “crazy church-filled.” She explained that her family relied on food stamps and a Santa Barbara food bank.

Thus, Perry has lasting ties to the town.

“I make a lot of music there ’cause it’s only an hour and fifteen minutes away from L.A. at the right times and the energy level is so dramatically different – people, priorities. community, connection,” she said. “I also have a local thing where they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re one of us. You just went out and hustled, but you’re still one of us.’ I also dress super normal and everything.”

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Perry also told Women’s Wear Daily about handling fame, which she’s somewhat mastered after years in the spotlight.

“It’s a trust your gut thing and it’s not really steered me that wrong,” she said. “I’ve always been very in tune with my intuition. Thankfully and I’ve got great family and friends that keep me grounded. It’s all about balance because to me this whole career, or this opportunity, is a total inhuman experiment.”

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