Katy Perry has admitted that she suffered from “situational depression” following the release of her fourth studio album, Witness.
The 33-year-old deemed the album a flop, having sold only 180,000 copies in it’s first week.
Speaking to Vogue Australia, Katy said, “I have bouts of situational depressions and my heart was broken last year because unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected…. which broke my heart.”
“I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self. I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart,”@katyperry tells @derekblasberg in the August 2018 issue. “Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating “blankie”. Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’ That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.” Read the full interview with Perry via the link in the bio. The issue goes on sale Monday, July 23. Photographed by @emmasummerton, styled by @christinecentenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.
However, Katy picked herself back up again, and is now feeling stronger than ever.
“That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation,” she confessed.
The pop-star also credited her newfound outlook on life to a $4700 personal growth program at the Hoffman Institute in California, where she spent a week recharging.
On the program, the singer said, “I recommend it to everyone, my good friends and other artists who are looking for a breakthrough.”
“There are a lot of people who are self-medicating through validation in audiences, through substances, through continually running away from their realities – denial, withdrawal. I did that for a long, long time too.”