Welcoming this particularly patriotic month, Parade puts pop superstar Katy Perry on this weekend’s cover! The 27-year-old singer sits down for a chat with the magazine and dishes on her divorce from British actor Russell Brand after 14 months of marriage, her 3-D concert documentary ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ set to be released in theaters July 5, but also on working the ups and downs of her life into her music. “With songs, I’ve always pledged to be honest. I write my songs because I’ve lived them,” she says.

Speaking about her split from Brand, Perry refers to it only as “the situation”. “I’m very aware that it’s inappropriate to give too much away, and that really the situation is just between two people,” she tells Parade. “The universe will have its way,” the songstress adds.

‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ tells the story of the path of Perry’s career as gospel singer Katheryn Hudson until the present day as global superstar Katy Perry, with scenes from backstage of her last world tour while trying to solve personal issues, including her divorce. On why her breakup needed to be acknowledged in the film, Perry says that, “I think if people walked out of the theater and that was completely avoided, they would be like, ‘Well, there’s an elephant in the room that’s still there.’ I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows. I wanted to show the complete spectrum.”

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Dishing on the behind-the-scenes moments in her 3-D concert film ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’, Perry confesses that she wanted the general public to see that one doesn’t have to be perfect in order to make their dreams come true. “There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect. … I’m okay with having bad dance moves. I’m okay with having horrible lower teeth. That’s what makes me me, and for some reason it’s worked out all right,” the singer told Parade.

Katy strongly believes in equality so she came out in favor of President Barack Obama’s position in favor of same-sex marriage. “I was really happy; I probably went down to West Hollywood and had a shot. I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed. My viewpoint on all these things — equality for women, the choice to love anyone you want — hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We’ll just shake our heads in disbelief, saying, ‘Thank God we’ve evolved.’ That would be my prayer for the future,” Perry confesses.

The gorgeous pop star admits she feels fortunate she can call the United States home. “Not to sound overly cheesy but I really appreciate the freedom we have in America — especially as a female,” Perry explains in her interview with Parade.

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