Katy Perry is on the cover of L’Officiel USA’s Summer 2021 issue and inside talks about how her outlook on her career has changed, her daughter Daisy, new music, her new Las Vegas residency PLAY and more.

It’s this extended time at home with her family that’s given her the ability to recalibrate. “I’m grateful that I didn’t try to keep continuously climbing career mountains. I was like, ‘I think that there is another mountain to climb that has as beautiful of a view, if not even more fulfilling.’” In many ways, Daisy allowed Perry to create without criticism, comparison, expectation, or fear of failure—something she’s been plagued by throughout much of her career, thanks in part to her stratospheric success since its start. “As a performer I’ve always relied on the love and acceptance and validation of the outside world and that ultimately can waver at times,” she admits. “When you have a child, you have someone who looks at you and doesn’t know anything on your resume, doesn’t know anything about your bank account, doesn’t know anything, doesn’t care, and just loves you. Unconditional love. It’s just…everything I think I was looking for.”

Daisy’s birth brought Perry a sense of wholeness, and helped heal deep-seated wounds that she’d developed over the years. “I always felt like I was walking around with a little bit of pain in my heart concerning love,” she says, her eyes slowly trailing to elsewhere in her mind. “And my fiancé has done a great job at really helping to mend that. But this just went underneath all that and got so deep. It’s just there, that love is there.” Her penetrating gaze returns, focused, assured. “I’d heard about unconditional love, but now I’m really experiencing it. There’s a wholeness that has happened.”

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