Holy moly! Katy Perry is in a heavenly mess with nuns in Los Angeles who don’t want her buying their former convent. Katy wants to turn the compound into her home, but the nuns have different plans!
Katy Perry, 30, has her eye on a hilltop property in Los Angeles that once served as the convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She’s made a whopping $14.5 million deal with Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez to turn the gorgeous place into her ritzy new digs, but the sisters were apparently in the middle of their own deal — and they’re not too happy with the idea of Katy moving in. What’s an international pop sensation to do?
The five living sisters of the convent reportedly had their own sale pending on the acreage and building, and the deal went through two weeks ago to restaurateur Dana Hollister, who wants to turn the place into a boutique hotel, for a whopping $15.5 million. They are now in a row with the Archbishop over who has rights to sell the convent. This is all happening after Dana has already moved in! Crazy, right?
Sadly for the nuns, the diocese says only the Archbishop is allowed to sell the property, according to the Los Angeles Times. But they’re still not going down without a fight — they’re not too keen on having Katy around! She’s been trying her best to get them to come around on their real estate battle, though. Katy, who started her career as a Christian singer, went down to visit the nuns and sang them the beautiful gospel tune “Oh Happy Day.” She also made sure to show them her wrist tattoo that reads “Jesus.”
Katy’s dealing with some sassy nuns, though. Sister Rita Callanan told TODAY of their meeting, “Our days have not been happy since then, I can assure you.” The sisters actually weren’t familiar with Katy before this situation, so they decided to do a little research.
They decided to watch the Super Bowl halftime show when they found out she’d be performing. They sure were in for a surprise when they listened to her songs for the first time. Sister Rita was a little bemused when Katy rode around the stadium on a shooting star. “I thought, is that a way to make money?” she said during an interview. “Maybe I could fly around. I could be the flying nun.” Ha!
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— Samantha Wilson