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Katy Perry released a video for her newest single "Unconditionally" last Friday that had hopeless romantics clinging to their Kleenex, and cynics rolling their eyes. She revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the song was "influenced by my boyfriend" – as well as a moving UNICEF trip to Africa.
Perry said, "Nobody comes stuff-free. Everybody has their things and you’re never going to be perfect, and accepting that and understanding that, especially in a relationship, it makes room for a real, genuine kind of love.”
Love reigns supreme in "Unconditionally," with Perry singing about standing by her man no matter the circumstance or baggage. For Mayer, his reputation from wooing high-profile beauties brings a caravan of baggage to the relationship. But no matter. Perry sings, "So come just as you are to me / Don't need apologies / Know that you are worthy / I'll take your bad days with your good / Walk through the storm I would / I do it all because I love you."
Not a bad deal.
Mayer is at least saying that he's a changed man since he met Katy. He told CBS, "For the first time in my life, I don't feel like I'm in a celebrity relationship." He also called their relationship "human."
It has been less than two years since Perry's abrupt breakup via text message from comedian and ex-husband Russell Brand at the very end of 2011. The singer's marriage to the funnyman only lasted fourteen months, with a very brief courting of just a few months before that. Perry took the breakup very hard and recently admitted to having suicidal thoughts after the divorce. Perry told Billboard, "I asked myself, 'Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'"
With such a tumultuous and public breakup, many were surprised to see Perry jump into a relationship with Mayer just six months after her divorce. Most girlfriend circles would file the relationship in the rebound territory, but Perry has already shown she isn't one to step lightly into love.
Despite the on/off nature of their relationship in the early months, it seems to be working right now – at least musically. The artists even have duets on each others' albums, with Mayer appearing on two songs on Perry's new album "PRISM," which drops this Tuesday.
The most interesting moment in "Unconditionally" comes in the bridge when Perry poses the question, "Acceptance is the key to be / To be truly free / Will you do the same for me?" The song only shows one side of the relationship, and doesn’t mention whether she receives the same carte blanche offering. But that's the whole point of loving unconditionally, right?