Katy Perry returned to her erratic roots as a glamorous, sad clown on the cover of her upcoming album Smile, which she debuted in an Instagram post on Thursday.
The pop star said the new album is about her ‘journey to the light’ and revealed that the title track was written during one of the ‘darkest’ times in her life.
The pregnant 35-year-old seemed to celebrate her success early and was tested on Wednesday with a classic baby blue Mercedes in Santa Barbara with Orlando Bloom.
Big reveal: Katy Perry returned to her whimsical roots as a glamorous, sad clown on the cover of her upcoming album, Smile, which she debuted in an Instagram post on Thursday
All week, Katy teased her new album cover with virtual circus games for her fans to play online.
Katy channeled a retro circus vibe for her new album covers, and she started her social media caption, ‘Step right up! come on! ‘
“FP5 is called #SMILE,” the expectant mother wrote along with a circus emoji. Smile is Perry’s fifth studio album, hence the ‘KP5’.
The cover features the pop star as a sad clown in a wavy silk silk blouse in navy blue and champagne with checks and a large neckline that mimics the print of a circus tent.
‘FP5 is called #SMILE I wrote the title track of the album when I went through one of the darkest periods of my life and my smile was lost. This entire album is my journey into the light – with stories of resilience, hope and love. ‘
Katy’s blonde cotton candy curls have a pale pink hue and were piled on her head.
She stares at the sad-eyed camera of puppy dogs in an instant, framed by long fluttering lashes and wearing a red clown nose.
Katy’s matching crimson lips were painted to accentuate her frown, and her head is in her hands, sloping in a sort of defeated pose.
“I wrote the title track of the album when I went through one of the darkest times of my life and my smile was lost,” she wrote in her post.
Supermom-to-be: Katy’s fifth studio album Smile debuts on August 14 and the title track falls on midnight on Friday
Add: “This whole album is my journey into the light – with stories of resilience, hope and love.”
The title track of her fifth album will be streamed at midnight on Friday.
Before revealing the album cover, Katy was seen taking a test drive in a vintage car with her fiancé Orlando Bloom.
The pair looked like they’d driven straight from another era in the retro baby blue Mercedes 420SL.
Swanky! Prior to the album cover reveal, Katy was spotted testing a classic car with her fiancé Orlando Bloom
Retro vibes: Orlando sat behind the wheel comfortably putting his arm on the door while driving around with Katy, the $ 70,000 Mercedes convertible, while in Santa Barbara on Wednesday
Orlando was behind the wheel and comfortably put his arm on the door as he drove around in the $ 70,000 convertible.
He wore a light-colored woven hat and a dark chambray shirt next to his bride-to-be, who wore a khaki-colored visor.
The 43-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star and songbird are expecting a girl to arrive this summer.
Their upcoming addition will make Bloom’s nine-year-old son, who he shares with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, a big brother.
Exciting times ahead: 43-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star and songbird are expecting a girl to arrive this summer
Last week, the boy gushed about how ‘excited’ he is to welcome his first daughter to Good Morning America.
“It’s a magical time, you know, when an angel appears on the planet, and that’s how it feels to me,” said Lord Of The Rings’ dream boat.
He eagerly awaits ‘being there’ for Katy and the baby and ‘looks forward to those very late nights’ as well as ‘doing the bottle’.
Katy’s new album, Smile, will be out on August 14, but is already available for pre-order.
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