Katy Perry‘s parents aren’t always the biggest fans of her musical offerings – a reality that the singer admits she’s had to make peace with.
“My parents are great and I love them so much,” Perry told Natalie Morales as part of a Today interview during her weekend-long Witness livestream. “I cry sometimes thinking about how much I love them.”
Yet, she admitted, “They don’t agree with some of the things I do and they do wish that I could do other things.”
Perry’s parents Mary and Keith Hudson are both pastors, and have been outspoken in the past about some of their daughter’s art. Morales cited Perry’s recent music video for single “Bon Appétit,” wherein the star (literally) serves herself up on a platter, as an example.
Over time, Perry said, she’s learned how to handle her parents’ reactions.
“And I just have to say, ‘You are your own person, I am my own person, and my intentions are pure,’ ” she explained to Morales.
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE