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Katy Perry pens touching tribute for 'INCREDIBLE' manager Martin Kirkup

Martin Kirkup, who was a managing director of Katy Perry for more than 20 years, passed away on February 04 ,2024

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Katy Perry pens touching tribute for 'INCREDIBLE' manager Martin Kirkup

Martin Kirkup, who was a managing director of Katy Perry for more than 20 years, passed away on February 04 ,2024

Katy Perry pens touching tribute for INCREDIBLE manager Martin Kirkup
Katy Perry pens touching tribute for 'INCREDIBLE' manager Martin Kirkup

Katy Perry has paid a heartfelt tribute as she wrote an emotional long note to manger Martin Kirkup, the co-founder of Direct Management Group, who passed away on February 4, 2024.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the Roar singer posted a carousel of images that showed the memories of her manager, Kirkup.

She kicked off the post, “It’s taken me a little while to make this post…something about posting it makes it all feel, final… and even though Martin wasn’t particularly fond of social media and its sensationalism, I must respectfully take a moment and speak on how special he was and is to me.”

Perry, 39, went on to say, “I say is because I personally don’t believe that anyone “dies”; they simply move on to the next dimension. They aren’t here anymore, but are now EVERYWHERE.”

She continued, “Martin Kirkup was one of my managers at Direct Management for almost 20 years. He was the bulldog of our group - the one who always said, “Show me the data, the P&L, the science, the facts!” If all else failed, he would just say, “That’s ridiculous!” or some other cheeky, witty, eloquent one-liner with an English accent and all would be convinced. Martin was one of my protectors. He was vigilant about getting me what I deserved and celebrated the headstrong female I am.”


“I have been so fortunate to have an INCREDIBLE team by my side for almost 20 years, before I had (as my father from Memphis would say) a pot to pee in or a window to throw it from! Martin, along with all of my managers, have literally fought day in and day out for my voice to be heard, and I have SO much pride, respect and admiration for my team at Direct Management,” the Dark Horse songstress added.

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She noted, “Martin and I got to climb so many wonderful professional mountains and have thoroughly enjoyed the views together - traveling, tasting, learning, celebrating, leaning into the fullness and beauty of life. Martin left this dimension with no stones unturned!”

While remembering his last days, Perry stated, “Three days before he passed, he finally got to hear some of what I have been working on and the joy and love that it holds. I could tell he was excited for the future, and I was so glad I had that last moment to make him proud in my own little way.”

She further say, “We didn’t get to physically say goodbye, but I know he knows how much respect and admiration I have for him, and his hearty chuckles and wicked retorts continue to echo through my mind.”

The E.T singer continued further in the comment section, “I have a favorite number - you know, some people have 11:11, or 555, or some combination of numbers that gives you a message when you need it most. For me that number is 143.”

“1 = I, 4 = love, 3 = you, It’s been a number I have seen many times since the birth of my daughter, Daisy. It’s come to me in some of my hardest times to comfort me and is a constant confirmation that whatever I’m doing or path I’m on is the right one to be on,” she added.

Perry penned, “It’s my angels and guides sending a little numerical code to me whenever they wanna engage. The day after Martin passed, 143s were everywhere. The receipt in the morning was 143, the length of the movie we watched was 143, and to top it off, the one person that came up to me to ask for a picture introduced himself as Martin. What a coincidence, eh?”

She concluded, “I believe our angels and loved ones always want to talk with us… if we are willing to listen. The signs are all around, we just gotta be open to them. So, I’m gonna stay open and never forget the love, dedication and protection he gave me all these years. What an honor it was to have Martin Kirkup on my team. I hear you Martin, and 143 back to you.” 

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