Superstar pop singer Katy Perry seems to be poised to go to court with two nuns over a former convent that the "Roar" singer has set her sights on.
The Hollywood-style drama is pitting Catherine Rose and Rita Callahan, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, against L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez, who claims the nuns have no selling powers and is ordering them to turn over the villa-style hilltop convent to Perry for $14.5 million in cash.
But the nuns are digging in their heels, saying they are not comfortable with Perry living on the property because of the singer’s suggestive songs and revealing attire.
They are so against the sale that – openly defying the archbishop – they quickly accepted an offer from local restaurateur Dana Hollister two weeks ago, before the archdiocese could complete any deal with Perry. The nuns insist the convent is their property because they purchased it decades ago from a benefactor.
“Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos … if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,” Sister Rita told the L.A. Times.
Perry has not commented on the sale. She has reportedly been interested in the home, which sits on several acres and overlooks Downtown Los Angeles, for at least three years.
Hollister offered to buy the property for $15.5 million – $1 million more than the pop star. But Gomez is suing Hollister in hopes of getting her purchase voided.
The issue is even pitting the nuns against each other. The archbishop’s attorney, Michael Hennigan, told the Times that three of the five nuns signed declarations that supported Gomez’s right to sell the property. The nuns disagree – and have hired an attorney to claim that the nuns were coerced into signing the declaration.
The 30-year-old singer reportedly met with the nuns recently at the property, dressing conservatively, showed them her “Jesus” tattoo on her wrist and even gave them a performance of the gospel hymn “Oh Happy Day!”
During the meeting, Perry also revealed she “wanted to live on the property with her mother and her grandmother, sit in the mediation garden, sip green tea and find herself,” the L.A. Times said.
It all failed to impress the nuns, who went ahead with their sale to Hollister – who has reportedly already moved. She has denied reports that he wants to convert the convent into a boutique hotel.