When Katy Perry isn’t selling out stadiums or working on her next big album, she’s prioritizing time with her 2-year-old daughter Daisy.
The singer, 37, recently sat down with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett on their podcast Smartless, where she briefly touched on life as a new mom and how it all fits into her grueling work schedule.
“I am working a lot. I’ve always worked a lot,” says Perry.
When it comes to Daisy, whom she shares with fiancé Orlando Bloom, it’s as important to have help as it is for her to be active in Daisy's care, Perry says.
“I have a wonderful nanny but I don’t have a full-time nanny because I feel like if I had a full-time nanny … I’d never be able to know how to care for my daughter like I’m meant to, and therefore any day I get off I’m just in mom mode,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter if I’ve had a show that goes to 11pm the night before, I’m waking up at 6 o’clock and we’re going to do breakfast. And yes, I have the no-sleep shakes, but … I’m doing mom mode today.”
She added, "We're super blessed and so grateful but I also want to participate [in Daisy's care]. She’s 2, so she’s at that point where she saying new words every day. The other day she was saying words I didn’t teach her and I was like, Damn it, that doesn’t feel good."
Being a new mom has also welcomed an array of new perspectives. Having been raised as a Christian, Perry says these days she defines herself as more of a "seeker," looking for the answers to life's biggest questions anywhere she can.
"I do not believe in the way that I was raised. Organized religion is not necessarily for me," she said. "I’m a big, big seeker. Orlando is a devout Buddhist and he chants every morning, mostly, so I kinda follow a little bit more of his philosophy, or just the Buddhist philosophy. I’m actually just a seeker of all of it — from mysticism to math to geometry to physics, lots of science."
Perry has spoken in the past about how Daisy has "grounded" her as a human being.
While appearing on Chelsea Handler's iHeartMedia podcast Life Will Be the Death of Me, the singer admitted that she wasn’t “very maternal” before becoming a parent — but that it shifted when Daisy was born.
"My definition of success is just her happiness,” she said of her daughter. “Her happiness really gives me that joy. But, a lot of BS just falls away [after becoming a mom]. Stuff that you thought was important really was never important. You don’t have time for any sort of energetic drama that’s not important in your family. Your family really starts to become first.”
“My daughter has reshaped my life, my perspective,” she added. “She’s given me a love I’ve never had before … I’ve always been wanting that love, that was my number one currency, and then when she came it was like, ‘I love you. For no reason. Just because you are.’ I was like, ‘What? And you don’t need anything from me? Other than some food?’”
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