Perry Speaks In Tongues

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August 3, 2010 | 11:20am EST

Katy Perry learned to speak in tongues as she was growing up.
The 25-year-old pop star grew up in a strict religious household with her pastor parents, who both preached in their local church in California.

Perry has revealed her parents would regularly take part in glossolalia sessions – the muttering of speech-like syllables as a form of religious expression. And the singer is adamant the practise was just another everyday occurrence in her “nutty” household.

She tells Rolling Stone magazine, “(My household was) strict and nutty… Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as ‘Pass the salt’.

“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. That’s their gift.”