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Katy Perry Got Brutally Honest About Childbirth Recovery. We’re Here For It

"I could not wipe my own butt."

Katy Perry is getting brutally honest about childbirth and we are here for it.

After all, no matter how many books you read or podcasts you listen to, there are certain aspects of pregnancy no amount of research can prepare you for. Pregnancy and birth are often referred to in euphemisms, which can shield how terrible, scary, intense, and hard birth can really be — and how long it takes to heal from a major medical event. But every once in a while, people and celebrities get brutally honest about giving birth and what it’s like, and Katy Perry is the most recent star to do so.

In a recent interview, new mom Katy Perry, who gave birth to her daughter Daisy Bloom with partner Orlando Bloom earlier this year, learned that the hard way when she found that giving birth to her daughter Daisy (at least temporarily) robbed her of something she had taken for granted: the ability to wipe her own butt.

Perry was interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and revealed that her fifth album, Smile, was set to be released the day after she gave birth. It seemed like a neat coincidence until she realized that both she and her daughter were unable to wipe themselves.

“I had my fifth album coming out… You know, every other album cycle, there’d be some kind of celebration or party or dinner, whatever, you know,” Perry said, referring to what must have been the most glamorous parties of yester-year. “This time, I was giving birth to the greatest gift of all for me, and then my album came out the next day, and I was in the hospital, and I could not wipe my own butt. I was like, ‘This is the most unusual album release day for me,'” she said.

The anecdote was funny — if only because it reveals how much changes after you become a parent, even if it’s a temporary loss of bathroom-related mobility — but also because it shows just how different the life of a pop star can be after they become a parent. And, it’s also refreshing. While it’s no secret that the miracle of birth also comes with a ton of less-than-miraculous side effects, including afterbirth, the struggles of physical healing, and more, even if those things aren’t secrets, the nitty-gritty of birth recovery is often not discussed publicly. Perry’s hilarious admission shows that every mother’s journey is unique and even world-famous pop stars can find that motherhood might be less than full glamour. And for those who don’t get all the truth about childbirth, it’s a reminder that even the most fabulous among us are humbled by the event.

Perry has made no effort to hide how challenging parenting has been, previously talking about how much harder she found working after having her daughter and even sharing an extremely candid photo of herself days after giving birth. She also complained about everyone saying pregnancies last 9 months when the gestational period is actually closer to 10 months. But through it all, Perry has insisted that becoming a mom is the best thing that’s ever happened to her — and in the meantime, we welcome her radical honesty about giving birth.