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She may own more cupcake bras and have a few million more dollars, but at the heart of it all, Katy Perry is just like us. The singer tells Marie Claire that she dealt with her highly publicized divorce from Russell Brand by eating junk food and binge drinking… and I like her a lot more now.

Perry looks kind of weird on the January cover of MC, what with her gaping mouth and inexplicable safety pin necklace (and does anyone else think her eyelids and chin look photoshopped?), but she gave one hell of a delightful interview. She opens up about the heartbreak she endured when her asshole husband literally asked for a divorce via text message:

There were two weeks of my life after I found out the truth of my marriage where I was like, ‘Okay. Alright. I can’t feel this. This is too intense right now.’ I was, like, just eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that’s it.

That only lasted for two weeks? What a badass. I would have degenerated into BellaSwan-in-the-fetal-position-in-the-woods for at least a year. Perry goes on to discuss how she pulled herself back together:

There are two ways you can go: You can either nurture yourself or go destructive. I have gone down the destructive path before, and that didn’t work for me. You dig deep beyond those scars and find that soft tissue again, and you massage and nurture it and bring it to life, little by little, through serving yourself well. I did it through hikes and vitamins and therapy and prayer and good friends.

Wait– does she mean to imply that taking vitamins is a more constructive way of dealing with grief than guzzling trans fats? I’m not sure I can relate to that way of thinking, but it’s definitely admirable. Perry may make questionable (racist?) wardrobe choices and occasionally make some imprudent comments, but this interview has restored her Decent Role Model status in my book.

So how’s she doing nowadays? Perry describes her current beau, Satan John Mayer, as “just a fantastic partner,” and goes on to say that they have “a rad, mature relationship.” We’re not the world’s biggest Mayer fans, but if you just endured a text message divorce, you probably deserve to be happy without judgment. I wish the two of them only the raddest and most mature future.

Via Us Weekly / Photo: Marie Claire