Katy Perry's evangelist parents have an unusual take on the pop star's recent split from Russell Brand -- that the divorce was God's way of getting people to church.
"I'm sure Katy is trending on the internet just to get you to church tonight," Perry's mom Mary Hudson jokingly told worshippers at the Church On The Rise congregation in Ohio Wednesday. "I mean all over the world, who knows how God is bringing them in? The most important thing is you are here and God wants to put the fire in you in 2012."
According to Britain's The Sun, the church promoted the Hudsons' appearance on a board outside the building that read, "Katy Perry s Parents Jan 4 & 5" (sic).
Brand filed for divorce last week, citing "irreconcilable differences." He said in a statement: "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."
The Sun reports that Brand -- a Buddhist -- was at odds with Perry's religious parents and mocked their beliefs. Perry has also spoken out against her evangelist upbringing, though she and her parents are on good terms.
"I didn't have a childhood," she told Vanity Fair in May 2011.
There have been many reports as to what went wrong; some claim Perry couldn't satisfy Brand's sexual needs, others suggest Brand wasn't a supportive husband, and still others insist the couple simply couldn't get along.