Katy Perry has revealed that she is taking a break from music after a decade of non-stop touring.
In an interview with People, the singer-songwriter said she is grateful for the success she's had up to this point and feels she no longer has to prove herself.
"I’ve been on the road for like 10 years, so I’m just going to chill," she said. "I’m not going to go straight into making another record. I feel like I’ve done a lot. I feel like I’ve rung the bell of being a pop star very loudly, and I’m very grateful for that."
Asked why she has decided to step back from the spotlight now, she explained: "Well, I knew what I wanted to do when I was 9 years old, so everything else became secondary to that. I didn’t really pay attention to anything besides my craft — which is great, and I love it.
"I love making music, I love writing. But I don’t feel like I’m a part of a game anymore; I just feel like I’m an artist. I don’t feel like I have to prove anything, which is a freeing feeling."
Katy has plenty to keep her busy during her break: she returns to American Idol for a second series in late 2018/early 2019, and has posted pictures in a recording studio with Greg Wells, who produced her 2009 single Waking Up In Vegas.
Look back at Katy Perry's complete Official UK Chart history here, including five Number 1 singles.