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Saturday 20 September 2014

Katy Perry’s dad: Pray for her

Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s father believes the singer’s fans are misguided by worshiping her as if she were a god and reportedly referred to her as a "devil child" during a recent sermon.

The American singer was brought up in a devoutly religious household in which her parents Keith and Mary Hudson were both pastors.

The Hudsons often feel conflicted about the I Kissed a Girl singer’s choice of career and are known to bring up their daughter in their sermons across America.

According to UK newspaper The Sun, Keith recently told churchgoers in Santa Fe Springs, California to “pray for Katy”.

A video obtained by the outlet reportedly shows Keith referring to Katy as a “devil child”.

“They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl?” he preaches.

Watching his daughter perform can be emotionally wrenching for the patriarch. He confessed he cries at the sight of her shows because he believes her legions of fans are so misguided.

“I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation and they were going at it. It almost looked like church," he said.

“I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshiping the wrong thing."

Katy, 28, has been open about her religious upbringing.

She was only allowed to listen to religious music as a child, went to church camps and has discussed how Keith used to speak in tongues.

Keith and Mary have previously acknowledged their daughter’s career has given them the opportunity to spread their gospel.

“God has given us a platform to go in and meet people - and they like us because we are cool,” her father told a congregation last year.

Katy has yet to comment publicly on the latest claims.

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