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Report: Katy Perry Turned Down $20 Million "American Idol" Offer

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Katy Perry doesn't want to be a part of American Idol.

TMZ.com is reporting that she's rejected a one-year, $20 million offer to serve as a judge for the Fox singing competition.  Sources say Idol had shown interest in Perry for weeks and initially made an offer of $18 million.

Why would Perry turn down all that cash?  TMZ sources say she didn't think it would be a good fit for her.

Maybe she's too busy getting over her reported split from John Mayer.  It seems that Perry and Mayer may have ended their all-too-brief romance just at the point where Perry was starting to believe the two were destined to be more than just a fling.

"They weren't serious, but she was really starting to fall for him," a source close to Perry tells People magazine.  "She wasn't seeing forever with him, but saw it lasting longer than it did." 

The source adds, "Katy likes the 'new' part of a relationship, when everything's exciting and you're getting to know the guy.  So she wanted to continue experiencing that with John."

The source says that it was Mayer who dumped Perry, but the source claims, "There isn't any emotional baggage with them. They may go out again, even, just as friends."

The night their split came to light -- last Thursday -- both Perry and Mayer went out in West Hollywood, but separately.  People magazine says Mayer was seen at Soho House sipping a drink and "flirting and talking" to two women, while Perry attended a concert by her good friend, singer Ferras.

Perry has other things to occupy herself with as well: she's been taking cooking lessons and documenting her successes on Twitter.  Among her creations: truffled chicken on a bed of grilled vegetables and a trio of breakfast omelets.

And that's not all.  E! Online reports Perry threw a birthday bash for a close friend at a Santa Monica, Calif., hotspot over the weekend.  Hilary Duff was among the 40 or so guests.  The report doesn't identify the friend.

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