Katy Perry: ‘I Got Paid More Than Any Guy That’s Been On [American Idol]’

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April 15, 2024 at 2:38AM UTC
Katy Perry’s teaching us a thing or two about the art of the humble brag. This week, the superstar confirmed that as a new “American Idol” judge, she’ll be making $25 million — “pretty much more than any guy that’s been on that show,” she told KTU radio.
When asked whether she finds it offputting that people are publicly discussing her salary, Perry quipped that while she often thinks “a bunch of crap” is published on the internet, “I’m really proud that as a woman I got paid,” adding, “By the way, I love men. So I’m a paid woman and I’m ready for a beautiful man.”
Women have struggled for decades — and continue to fight today — to earn salaries equal to their male counterparts, so this news is inspiring. Moreover, Perry’s deal was reportedly the result of years of negotiation; according to Eyewitness News, Perry is “said to have rejected a $20 million offer to be a judge on the show in 2012.”  
Perry joins numerous other celebs who have been transparent about their personal fight for equal pay, but oftentimes, the headlines we see are not quite as uplifting. Just last week, for example, we learned that Robin Wright — in a move that mirrored her “House of Cards” character Claire Underwood’s no-bullshit attitude — had been fighting for equal pay on that show. She “fought to be paid just as much as her ‘House of Cards’ co-star Kevin Spacey,” Vanity Fair reports. Yet she was reportedly mislead; she told Net-A-Porter's The Edit"I was told that I was getting equal pay and I believed them, and I found out recently that it's not true." 

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