Katy Perry fans have long been familiar with the pop star's grandmother, Ann Hudson. Katy's brought Ann to the Grammys and Billboard Music Awards, featured her in the 2012 documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me" and partied with her granny in Las Vegas.
Now Katy has taken to social media to mourn the death of her beloved grandmother, who passed away on March 8. Ann was 99.
"I don't know when a soul enters a new vehicle but if there is an afterlife where there's a waiting room of the coming and going my mind wonders if the soul that is waiting to come into my world is getting a kiss on the forehead from my sweet Grandma that departed this earth yesterday. My heart hopes so," Katy began a lengthy Instagram post that includes a slideshow of photos and videos celebrating Ann's famous sense of humor — and revealing the moment that Katy told her bed-bound grandma that she was pregnant with her first child, news the singer only revealed publicly on March 4.
"If she is able to speak with the soul in waiting the conversation would probably include 'are sure you wanna pick this wild group?!' There would most definitely be some sarcasm, a witty quip or two… tbh grandma probably had a glass of her favorite blush wine ready upon arrival to this afterlife… and a most fashionable look, jewels included, naturally," Katy continued.
Also among the photos in Katy's slideshow are shots of her making faces with Ann, taking Ann to meet President Barack Obama, celebrating Ann's birthday and listening to Ann deliver a warning for Katy's then-new-boyfriend (now fiancé) Orlando Bloom — who also makes an appearance kissing the nonagenarian.
"A lot of what I am is because of my father… and he is because of her," Katy continued. "She started it all, as she used to remind us and I'm so grateful she did. Family… is there to show us what love can be… sometimes that journey of finding the love is tough to get to AND through but if you can open your heart and let the light lead the way you will find that incomparable love."
Katy told fans how much she admired Ann, who was a huge inspiration to her granddaughter. "Ann Pearl Hudson was a fighter. She survived the Great Depression, raised 3 kids on her own as a seamstress, making G strings for showgirls and other such characters in Vegas. She was always authentically herself, funny and full of all the sweet cozy things you think of when you think of grandmas," Katy wrote.
"She gave me crisp dollar bills in hallmark cards, she let us eat her favorite almond cookies from the 99 cent store while we asked questions about the different fans she had on display on her walls. She was a wonderful grandma and I will forever carry some of her in me."
Katy continued, "When my whit comes out, that's Ann. When my authenticity comes out, that's Ann. When my stubbornness comes out, hell, that's Ann. When my fighter spirit comes out, that's Ann. When my style comes out, that's Ann. May she rest in deep peace and kiss the forehead of the soul to come and let them know everything is gonna be OK, especially now that they have gained an angel to look over them ♥️♠️."