The 32-year-old pop star
covers the September issue of W magazine
and admits that she has been known to cry to some of her own songs. "My songs are so personal. Sometimes they are about people who are no longer in my life, or they’re about unrequited love," she explains. "I started out on tour last time and I couldn’t perform a couple of the songs on the record because I was just too upset."
As for where she feels most inspired, Perry says it's many times when she's in relaxing situations like during transcendental meditation, a massage or in the shower. "I always have my phone on standby when I hop out of the shower," she notes.
The "Chained to the Rhythm" singer tends to "make up songs" while in the shower, but things can get competitive if someone is washing with her. "I’ve had several sing-offs with boyfriends," says Perry -- who was married to Russell Brand before dating John Mayer and, most recently, Orlando Bloom. "That’s very fun -- singing in the shower and scrubbing!"
It's been a big year for Perry -- between releasing her new album, Witness, and becoming a judge on the new American Idol -- and she's tells W that she's very content with where she is in life -- hair and all. "Everything is more fun with short hair! I can just get up and go. I feel so liberated with this hair now. In general, I feel 360-degrees liberated -- all around," she touts. "Whether it’s politically, mentally, spiritually, sexually. I feel liberated from all the things that don’t serve me. I’m surrendering and embracing my 30s. You couldn’t give me anything to go back to my 20s. To get to this place, I had to do some much-needed work on my heart, soul, mind, and body. Since doing that, a lot of beautiful things started to bloom again.”