In a recent interview, Katy Perry has opened up about her mental health struggles, revealing that she went through a psychological breakdown and has suicidal thoughts after breaking up with Orlando Bloom in 2017.
She appeared on Canadian radio show “Q on CBC” and said she was left “wallowing” in her “own sadness” after hitting rock bottom in her personal and professional life.
Perry told host Tom Power, “I lost my smile. I don’t know if my smile was ever fully, like, authentically mine but I was riding on the high of a smile for a long time. Which was the validation, love, and admiration from the outside world, and then that shifted.”
The 35-year-old singer continued, “I had broken up with my boyfriend, who is now my baby-daddy-to-be, and then I was excited about flying high off the next record and the record didn’t get me high any more … The validation didn’t get me high, and so I just crashed.”
During the conversation, Perry described the experience as “necessary brokenness,” adding that she believes gratitude saved her life.
The Roar singer said, “It was so important for me to be broken so that I could find my wholeness in a whole different way. And be more dimensional than just living my life like a thirsty pop star all the time.”
“Gratitude is probably the thing that saved my life, because if I didn’t find that I would have wallowed in my own sadness and probably just jumped but I found the ways to be grateful,” she added.
Perry said her faith helped her to recover from her mental health issues. She said she now has a different outlook on life after suffering from depression and anxiety for years.
“Hope has always been an option for me … because of my relationship with God and something bigger than me,” she added. “If I’m the only one controlling my destiny of course it’s going to be, like, I am going to drive it into the ground.” Perry continued, “My hope is that something bigger than me created me for a purpose and created me for a reason, and that I’m not disposable, and that, you know, every person that’s been created has a purpose.”