But although much of the world makes sense now to Perry, she still can’t explain something like the recent death of Toronto’s Olivia Wise at 16 from inoperable brain cancer.
“I don’t have the answer for that,” she says, her eyes welling up over the girl who recorded Perry’s “Roar” in her dying weeks.
“I feel so bad for her family, but she inspired so many people by what she did, singing with what little strength she had left this song about self-strength. She was an inspiration to me.
“Sometimes these songs take on lives of their own. I write them and get goosebumps on my arms. But then other people, like Olivia, take them and they become bigger than I had ever dreamed.”