It’s been a bittersweet year for Katy Perry so far. In early March, her beloved grandmother passed away mere days after she’d announced she and Orlando Bloom are expecting their first child together. But now she’s reportedly taking the two major life events and combining them in a meaningful way — Perry has baby names picked out that honor the memory of her beloved family matriarch.
On March 9, Perry took to Instagram to mourn the loss of her grandmother, Ann Pearl Hudson, who passed away at the age of 99. “I don’t know when a soul enters a new vehicle but if there is an afterlife where there’s a waiting room of the coming and going, my mind wonders if the soul that is waiting to come into my world is getting a kiss on the forehead from my sweet Grandma that departed this earth yesterday. My heart hopes so.”
So, it’s not surprising Perry might look to her grandma for baby name inspiration. Per the Naughty But Nice With Rob podcast, an insider claims the singer “plans to name her [daughter] Pearl or Hudson or Ann,” explaining, “It was Katy’s grandmother that made Katy the woman and the fighter that she is today.” And if you were to ask Perry, she’d probably tell you the timing is kismet. Said the source, “Katy believes that it is no coincidence that as her granny’s soul leaves the earth, another soul arrives.”
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I don’t know when a soul enters a new vehicle but if there is an afterlife where there’s a waiting room of the coming and going my mind wonders if the soul that is waiting to come into my world is getting a kiss on the forehead from my sweet Grandma that departed this earth yesterday. My heart hopes so. If she is able to speak with the soul in waiting the conversation would probably include “are you sure you wanna pick this wild group?!” There would most definitely be some sarcasm, a witty quip or two… tbh grandma probably had a glass of her favorite blush wine ready upon arrival to this afterlife… and a most fashionable look, jewels included, naturally. A lot of what I am is because of my father… and he is because of her. She started it all, as she used to remind us and I’m so grateful she did. Family… is there to show us what love can be… sometimes that journey of finding the love is tough to get to AND through but if you can open your heart and let the light lead the way you will find that incomparable love. Ann Pearl Hudson was a fighter. She survived the Great Depression, raised 3 kids on her own as a seamstress, making G strings for showgirls and other such characters in Vegas. She was always authentically herself, funny and full of all the sweet cozy things you think of when you think of grandmas. She gave me crisp dollar bills in hallmark cards, she let us eat her favorite almond cookies from the 99 cent store while we asked questions about the different fans she had displayed on her walls. She was a wonderful grandma and I will forever carry some of her in me. When my whit comes out, that’s Ann. When my authenticity comes out, that’s Ann. When my stubbornness comes out, hell, that’s Ann. When my fighter spirit comes out, that’s Ann. When my style comes out, that’s Ann. May she rest in deep peace and kiss the forehead of the soul to come and let them know everything is gonna be OK, especially now that they have gained an angel to look over them ♥️♠️
Bloom has basically already given his stamp of approval when it comes to naming their baby after Hudson. When his fiancée originally paid tribute, she credited her grandma with a lot of her own traits: her wit, her authenticity, her stubbornness, her fighter spirit and her style. In response, Bloom left a sweet comment that, to be honest, seems to allude to his and Perry’s future child.
“Ann has A LOT to answer for!! And thankfully it’s all as beautiful as her soul which will be back in the blink of an eye, and all will be OK,” Bloom said, joking, “I can walk a chalk line — in American English – informal, to behave with strict propriety or obedience — for grandma any day.”
Sounds like little baby Perry-Bloom has an emulation-worthy namesake to follow. Bonus? Ann, Pearl and Hudson are all really cute baby girl name options.
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