Nuns object to Katy Perry’s plans to buy convent

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Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are trying to block sale

A group of nuns are trying to scupper Katy Perry’s plans to buy a convent in California.

As the LA Times reports, Perry is in talks to purchase the property but there is a dispute over who has the legal right to sell the convent. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is in favour of selling to Perry, but the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary want to sell to restaurateur Dana Hollister and believe they are entitled to decide who can purchase the property.

Perry has reportedly agreed to pay $14.5 million for the convent, but two of the last five living sisters of the Immaculate Heart have already agreed a deal with Hollister. Although it has been claimed that some of the nuns signed a declaration which supported Gomez’s right to be in charge of selling the property, a legal representative for Sister Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose claims that they may either have misunderstood what they were signing or were forced into agreeing.

Callanan also hinted that she was not in favour of Perry moving into the property due to her background, stating: “Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and … if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it.”

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Earlier this month, representatives for Perry dismissed recent reports that the singer will release a track in which she addresses rival Taylor Swift. It was alleged that Perry recently registered a title for a new song with the performing rights organisation BMI, with the track supposedly called ‘1984’, a direct reference to Swift’s latest album ‘1989’.

However, Katy Perry’s managers at Direct Management Group have described the story as “completely false”. A representative for Perry told Billboard: “Katy Perry was not involved in writing, singing, recording or registering this song.”

Perry is due to release her fifth album by next year, her manager recently confirmed. The singer, who begins the last stint of her ‘Prismatic’ tour in Peru on September 22, released her fourth solo album, ‘Prism’, in October 2013. It was the sixth best-selling album of that year.