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The cover girl for the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Ms. Katy Perry, says that among her many talents is the ability to bounce back from a breakup like a boss.

She means with men, of course, but that should serve her well in the current Taylor Swift-Katy Perry feud. No sense in wasting time on the past, is there?

“What I’ve learned is that if you don’t have the foundation of self-love first, you really have nowhere to pull love from to give it away,” the 29-year-old says.

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“I had to learn about taking care of myself before I could take care of others. I want to mommy everyone. I want to take care of them. I want to save them.”

“I forget myself in the meantime. I learned that through therapy.”

Characterizing herself as “open,” Perry says she has “less time for bulls–t” these days, and in partners, “I look for the same characteristics: a sense of humor.”

“Someone who makes me laugh off the charts … someone who is sensitive, someone who loves and understands music, and who is really smart.”


“A lot of times I’ve ended up with people who have been intimidated by me, unfortunately. They say they’re not, but it comes out in the long run.”

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“They’re threatened, or there’s resentment when they don’t know how to handle it. I’m looking for someone who’s inspired and could be inspiring with me.”

Also, fellas, take note of this and start reading the Wall Street Journal: “I’ve always been very attracted to gentlemen who have quite large vocabularies.”

When does she want to start a family? On that topic, she says …

“When I do these interviews, a lot of these clips people pull out are like, ‘Katy Perry doesn’t want a man to have babies. I’m like, ‘I didn’t say that. I just said, I’m good.'”

“Why am I a baby machine? Why can’t I be a mogul? I want to have a baby, sure, but I want to have a career. I want to have a record label. I want an incredible tour. “

“So, I’m going to have all of those things,” the singer says, with a message to her critics: “It’s like, get out of my ovaries, OK? I’ll do it in my own time.”