'Devil child' Katy Perry pumps attends the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (Photo : REUTERS/Kate Holt/UNICEF/Handout)
According to Katy Perry's father, Pastor Keith Perry, his daughter is a "devil child" that needs "prayers" and "healing."
While on a church tour across America, Keith and his pastor wife Mary Hudson recently expressed concerns about their 28-year-old pop sensation daughter. He told congregants that he feels it is "wrong" for her fans to worship the singer instead of God, reports The Sun U.K.
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"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," Keith preached.
"I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They're loving and worshipping the wrong thing," he added during the sermon.
Perry, a former Gospel singer who grew up in a strict evangelical home, has sold over 11 million albums around the world with secular hits like "I Kissed A Girl" and "California Girls." However, her father acknowledged that her music career has raised questions about his own teachings.
"They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl?" he said.
Keith, who reportedly has a close relationship with Perry, once urged the public not to judge his daughter about her divorce from Russell Brand in 2012.
"I love my daughter and I will always love her. Stop being judgmental and critical. Do not close the doors to your loved ones, especially your children," Keith said.
"Just because they do not like what you do or what you are, they are still praying that you stay in the race. They are counting on you. I believe in God, for every one of my children," he added.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the pop star described living under her minister parents' home as "strict and nutty."
"Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as 'Pass the salt'," Katy told the magazine.
"A lot of religions use meditation or chanting. It's a secret, direct prayer language to God. My dad speaks in tongues and my mom interprets it," she says. "That's their gift."