In a new interview with the LA Times, Katy Perry talks about her past experience with depression. Recently, the singer has been more open about her mental health struggles.
Her friend and fellow artist Sia also chimed in to share what she witnessed of Katy’s “breakdown” in 2017, after her album Witness didn’t live up to the popularity of her past releases.
Katy Perry Talks About Her Past Depression
Katy tells the outlet that she did a lot of things to deal with her depression a few years ago, including medication and Transcendental Meditation. “The foundation started shaking and a couple of the screws started coming off,” she said of her emotional state.
She says the universe fed her “humble pie” after her album Witness fell short of expectations. “My negative thoughts were not great,” she shared. “They didn’t want to plan for a future. I also felt like I could control it by saying, ‘I’ll have the last word if I hurt myself or do something stupid and I’ll show you’ — but really, who was I showing?”
She connected with fellow pop star Sia about mental health, and eventually showed up at her house “in a bad way.” As Sia describes it, “She had a real breakdown.” She added, “She’s on stage with 10 candied lollipops and clowns and dancers, selling the dream, the joy, the happiness — and that’s really hard sometimes when you’re not feeling it yourself.”
Sia added that Katy relied on “validation for her psychological well-being,” adding, “I think it was a big kick to her ego, but it was the best thing that could have ever happened to her, really, because now she can make music for the fun of it. Getting number ones does nothing for your inside.”
Katy Addresses Her Tweet Defending Ellen
More recently, Katy has come under fire for her tweet defending talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in the midst of reports about a toxic work environment on the set of her show. Katy said she only had “positive” experiences with Ellen.
“I started that tweet off not undermining anyone else’s experience,” Katy told the LA Times. “I wanted to only speak from my own experience. I have over 100 million people that follow me on Twitter, so not everyone is going to agree with me. And I’m not here to make everyone agree with me.”
However, she did share that she’s been “constantly checking in and reeducating” in the midst of current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement. “Having more awareness and consciousness, I no longer can just be a blissful, ignorant idealist who sings about love and relationships,” she said, adding, “There’s definitely a reckoning — an uncomfortable but necessary reckoning — that is happening right now.”
Katy’s baby daughter is due this month, and her new album Smile will be released August 28.