Katy Perry has no desire to follow the rules. The pop star, 29, is the cover girl for the Aug. 14 issue of Rolling Stone, where she opens up about her plans to have children—with or without a man.
"I don't need a dude," Perry tells Rolling Stone. "It's 2014! We are living in the future; we don't need anything. I don't think I'll have to, but we'll see. I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."
Though she isn't waiting for the right man to enter her life to become a mother, she is holding back until her tour schedule and life both calm down a bit.
"I see that my sister is completely devoted to [her] kid, 24 hours a day," she explains. "And so far, the little girl is so alert, so aware, so conscious, so beautiful, so happy, and I want to be doing that in the right time, and that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over…"
Perry goes on to talk more about her personal life, touching on her relationships and her friendships. Below, a few of her gems from the Rolling Stone interview.
On the benefits of therapy: "That's a safe place for me to actually work out everything that's going on inside by a person who knows me as Katheryn Hudson. Not as Katy Perry. I would say anyone that's in this business should be doing that regularly—to have that kind of accountability, because you get to a place where, like, no one holds you accountable. You can do anything you want, and it's so destructive."
On her new friend Madonna: "You have to really prove that you're an authentic person, and you can be trusted, to be in a circle of friends with her. Which I totally understand. You have to really guard your heart when you're on this kind of level. You can't just have weirdos around you, strange people that want to suck your blood. Because everybody wants to be on your dick, you know? So you have to be very very 'What are your motives? Why are you here? What do you want from me?'"
On her divorce from ex-husband Russell Brand: "It was emotionally traumatic for me. It was the death of a dream. I was in fairy tale land, and the reality of it wasn't so. But I don't really like talking about it anymore, because it feels like a thousand lifetimes ago, and also it makes me look desperate, like I need it for attention."
On what she's looking for in a man: "I'm interested in colorful personalities. Look, I can't be perfect. I don't know. I think you love who you love. You learn over time. I mean, each one has been different. I tweeted the other day that I'm just looking for the prince that fits my glass Jordans slipper."