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Katy Perry says she'd rewrite I Kissed a Girl lyrics if released today

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Katy Perry has spoken about her debut single, I Kissed a Girl, and how she’d do it differently in 2018.

Speaking to Glamour, the Fireworks singer, 33, spoke about how times have changed since she released the famous song back in 2008.

Now, the star would approach the song differently, considering attitudes have evolved over the past decade in regards to gender and sexuality. In 2008, the idea of her kissing a girl may have been salacious to some but today a more liberal acceptance of all sexualities and genders is something she holds dear and aspires to.

‘We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years,’ she said. ‘We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it.’

Perry went on to say about how she’d now prefer to combat the stereotypes and that her own attitude have altered over the years: ‘Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.’

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The singer didn’t specify which words exactly she’d amend, but the concept of a girl kissing a girl and using that as a prop to sell records is a ploy that wouldn’t work today – neither with her existing fanbase, music audiences in general, and going off her own sensibilities and points of view.

Speaking about her future and career, Perry hinted that something was on the horizon: ‘I’m preparing to do a big soul overhaul very soon that I’m nervous about,’ she teased. ‘I want to emotionally elevate myself. I don’t want to hold on to childhood trauma anymore. I want to grow into becoming an adult.’

The superstar revealed that she was ready for a family, too. ‘I’m preparing myself for having a family of my own someday. And that’s the thing: I want to do a little bit more soul surgery before I have a family of my own so that I don’t transfer any of those lingering feelings.’

Despite criticism of sexuality in its depiction, over 654,000 copies of I Kissed a Girl were sold in the UK, which was the first Virgin label record to do so since the Spice Girls released Goodbye back in 1998.

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