June 12, 2017 12:05 PM

Katy Perry‘s parents aren’t always the biggest fans of her musical offerings – a reality that the singer admits she’s had to make peace with.

“My parents are great and I love them so much,” Perry told Natalie Morales as part of a Today interview during her weekend-long Witness livestream. “I cry sometimes thinking about how much I love them.”

Yet, she admitted, “They don’t agree with some of the things I do and they do wish that I could do other things.”

Perry’s parents Mary and Keith Hudson are both pastors, and have been outspoken in the past about some of their daughter’s art. Morales cited Perry’s recent music video for single “Bon Appétit,” wherein the star (literally) serves herself up on a platter, as an example.


Over time, Perry said, she’s learned how to handle her parents’ reactions.

“And I just have to say, ‘You are your own person, I am my own person, and my intentions are pure,’ ” she explained to Morales.

Perry also doubled down on her earlier livestream declaration of love for well-known nemesis Taylor Swift.

Asserting that her diss track “Swish Swish” is “not about anyone in particular,” Perry said, “I’ve had not just one person bully me or one person hold me down or you, know, met one troll.”

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She added of rumors of Swift being inspiration for the single, “All I need to say to [Swift] is I love her and God bless her on her journey.”

Earlier in the weekend, Perry said during a candid interview on The Thrive Global Podcast that she was ready to move on from the highly publicized feud, saying, “I forgive her.”

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Perry’s livestream also included an emotional therapy session. The weekend-long event, hosted on Perry’s personal YouTube channel, coincided with the release of her brand new “purposeful pop” albumWitness.

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