Update 03/20/17: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has sided with pop singer Katy Perry (once again), ruling that she should be able to legally purchase the former convent in Los Feliz that she has been eyeing for almost two years, according to Luxury Listings NYC.
The property dispute has been between Perry and two nuns who once lived in the convent and claim they have legal rights to sell it. The nuns, who belong to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, actually sold the property to restaurateur Dana Hollister (who wanted to turn it into a boutique hotel) for $15.5 million before Perry's deal came about. The nuns also recently claimed that Perry shouldn't be able to purchase the property because she attended the Salem Witch Walk (a tourist attraction that covers the history of witchcraft) in 2014, reports The Daily Mail.
Despite all this, the judge ruled in favor of Perry and Archdiocese Gomez, who had originally made the deal with the pop star. The decision comes after a Vatican decree in court records that states the archbishop does indeed hold governing authority over the nuns.
There may be more court hearings as the issue is completely resolved, but it appears as though Katy Perry should soon be able to claim the convent as hers after the long real estate battle.
Update 04/14/16: Katy Perry remains adamant that a former convent in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood will not be the one (property) that got away. Now, she's a step closer to moving in.
A Los Angeles judge announced Wednesday that she would block efforts by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to sell the convent to restauranteur Dana Hollister. While the nuns say their deal to sell the convent to Hollister for $15.5 million was legal, the Los Angeles Archdiocese contends that the church has jurisdiction, and therefore the nuns were unauthorized to make the sale, reports the Los Angeles Times.
While it's unclear if the ruling will allow Perry to buy the property, which the archdiocese has offered to sell to Perry for $14.5 million in cash, it's one less hurdle for the pop princess in obtaining the convent.
"Katy Perry represents everything we don't believe in," Sister Catherine Rose Holzman told Billboard. "It would be a sin to sell to her."
The sisters reportedly disapproved of a comment the singer made in an interview, in which she joked that she was successful because she "sold her soul to the devil."
Apparently, when Perry met with the nuns last year to plead her case, showing them the tattoo that reads "Jesus" on her wrist was not enough to earn redemption.
Previously 6/29/15: When Katy Perry shelled out $14.5 million on a former convent in Los Angeles's dreamy Los Feliz neighborhood, she never could have guessed that moving in would be the complete opposite of heavenly.
According to the L.A. Times, after striking a deal with the Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez -- who heads up church matters in the county and claimed legal rights to sell the historic residence -- the pop princess promptly brought in an architect to discuss potential renovations. There was one problem: the property already had another buyer.
Two nuns belonging to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent, and one-time residents of the Los Feliz estate, also claim they have legal rights to it, and had sold the property to local restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million--$1 million more than the price Perry and Archbishop Gomez agreed upon. To make matters stickier, the two nuns finalized their deal long before Perry's came to fruition, and Hollister was already moved in.
Neither party is backing down, and now the case will go to the courts to decide who has the right to sell the convent: the nuns or the archbishop. The songstress did not want to leave her fate in the hands of the court. Today.com reports she attempted to make nice with the two sisters, even singing "Oh Happy Day" for them at a recent meeting.
This isn't the first home debacle Perry has faced. After splitting from comedian Russell Brand, the singer had difficulty finding a buyer for their 3-acre Hollywood estate (pictured above). After the pair divorced in 2012, it took until December of 2013 for the home to sell.
While Perry hasn't given up on owning the picturesque Los Feliz property, she may want to keep an eye on the market.