Katy Perry was banned from saying the words 'deviled eggs'

May 3, 2011 at 8:33 p.m. ET

Singer Katy Perry is looking sinfully hot on the June cover of Vanity Fair, all the while revealing bits of information about her extremely conservative childhood. Raised by her Christian missionary parents, one has to imagine Teenage Dream Katy Perry is not exactly the daughter they had in mind long ago.

Katy Perry on Vanity Fair

"I didn't have a childhood," Katy Perry tells Vanity Fairof her born-again upbringing, which included the banning of words such as "deviled eggs" or "Dirt Devil."

Katy's mother never read her any books except the Bible, and she wasn't even allowed to listen to secular music (though friends would sneak it to her)."Growing up, seeing Planned Parenthood, it was considered like the abortion clinic," Katy shares. "I was always scared I was going to get bombed when I was there... I didn't know it was more than that, that it was for women and their needs. I didn't have insurance, so I went there and I learned about birth control."

Luckily for sex symbol Katy, an agreement of sorts has been reached over time between herself and her parents. "I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up. Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don't try to change them anymore, and I don't think they try to change me. We agree to disagree. They're excited about [my success]. They're happy that things are going well for their three children and that they're not on drugs. Or in prison."

Katy Perry credits husband Russell Brand (whom she did not cheat on, by the way) with allowing her to explore and find her own faith. "Russell is into Hinduism, and I'm not [really] involved in it. He meditates in the morning and the evening; I'm starting to do it more because it really centers me. [But] I just let him be him, and he lets me be me."

Are you surprised to hear about Katy Perry's strict childhood?