Katy Perry Opens Up About Past Mental Health Struggles in New Interview: 'I Lost My Smile'

Katy Perry is getting real about mental health. In a new interview on Friday (June 26), the pop star opened up finding hope after going through some dark times back in 2017.

"I lost my smile," the singer said told host Tom Power of Canadian radio show Q on CBC. "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."

According to Perry, the change was two-fold, precipitated by a break-up with her now-fiancé Orlando Bloom and the disappointing response to her 2017 LP Witness.

"My career was on this trajectory where it was going up-up-up-up-up-up-up, and then I had the smallest shift; it wasn't that huge, maybe, from an outside perspective, but for me it was seismic," she explained. "It literally kind of broke me in half. I think I had broken up with my boyfriend, who's 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 anymore...The validation didn't get me high, and so I just crashed."

However, the pop star now sees her fall as a positive calling that time in her life both a "good crash" and a "necessary brokenness."

"It was so important for me to be broken," Perry said, "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," she concluded. "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."

Check out Perry's full chat about her mental health journey below.


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