- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2015

Pop star Katy Perry, the daughter of evangelists who nevertheless renounced her own Christian faith years ago — and has said she doesn’t believe in “an old man sitting on a throne” — said she got a thumbs-up from God for her Super Bowl halftime performance.

The former Christian singer told the E! Network that prior to her performance she had a sign she was going to do well.

“I was praying and I got a word from God and he says, ‘You goth this and I got you.’ And then I was on top of the lion and a guy — a random guy — looked at me with a headset that I’d never communicated with before,” she said, the news outlet reported. “He looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘You got this.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s God confirming I can do this!’”

Ms. Perry told Marie Claire magazine in 2013 that she rejects formal religion and the concept of heaven and hell, but still believes in a higher power that keeps her accountable.

“I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep concoction with God,” she said. “I pray all the time — for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.”

In 2010, Ms. Perry told Rolling Stone magazine that God “is very much still a part” of her life. In 2011, her view seemed to change somewhat, when she called herself a spiritual “drifter.”

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