Quoted: Katy Perry’s Fame Monster

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Published August 19, 2010

PHOTO BY ROB KIM

In a profile from this weekend’s New York Times Arts and Leisure section, Katy Perry gets clear about what she wants–and it’s not any kind of diploma. Over dinner at West Village restaurant The Lion, she explains to reporter Melena Ryzik: “I never want to walk into this”–expletive–”restaurant and people go: ‘What does she do again? Who is she?'” Perry was similarly upfront about her decision to get a G.E.D. after her freshman year of high school. Does she regret foregoing a traditional education? “No,” she says. “Because spell-check exists everywhere.”