In the August issue of Vogue Australia, Katy Perry talked about suffering from situational depression after her Witness album did poorly in the public eye.
Witness was Perry’s fifth album. She released it on June 9, 2017 following singles such as Swish Swish, Bon Appetit, and Hey Hey Hey. The album received mixed reviews. It topped charts in USA, Canada and Spain. It reached number two in Australia, South Korea, Mexico and New Zealand. It was also top five in nine other countries. To announce the album properly, Perry did a four day live stream, taking a camera around in her daily life. She also went on the Witness: The Tour.
About the success of the album, Perry said, “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.”
She said that she chose to take the low point in her career as an important learning experience that she had to go through in order to evolve as a singer and as a person. She explained, “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.’”
She also added, “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.”
Perry has talked about this stripping-down mentality before as well, telling Glamour in February, “This last year has been about killing my ego, which has been really necessary for my career. But for my personal life, it doesn’t work that way. If I want to have that true balance, I have to step into being Katheryn Hudson.”
Perry’s August cover for Vogue Australia will be available on 23 July.