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1 July 2015, 11:44
Katy wants to buy a convent and these sisters are having nun of it.
She may be the highest-earning popstar this year, but not even Katy Perry can buy her way out of the wrath of God.
The singer has become caught in the middle of a property ownership struggle: over a convent. KP had her eye on the hilltop home of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Feliz, which LA Archbishop Jose Gomez was prepared to sell to her for $14.5 million in cash.
The deal was almost set; until two of the nuns who formerly occupied the convent swooped in with a deal of their own.
Insisting that the property is theirs to sell, Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose, who have served in the archdiocese for decades, sniped the Katy Perry deal by selling the property for $15.5 million to local restaurateur Dana Hollister. While they haven't lived in the villa-esque estate since 2011, the nuns do feel pretty strongly about both their right to close the deal, and who they think the new owner should be (spoiler: it isn't Katy).
"Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and… if it’s alright to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it," Sister Rita tells the LA Times of her research on the singer. "I thought, is that a way to make money?"
Hollister may have plans to turn the estate into a hotel; but that could be a bit of a wait. The diocese is suing her, which could result in both the nuns and KP getting involved in a messy legal battle over the property.
What do you think: Should Katy back off of the convent, or should the sisters give up and let her move in? Check out the story from NBC News below and tell us your thoughts.