The pop star recently told People that the album is the result of overcoming a couple of difficult "nightmare" years following the less-than-satisfactory critical and commercial reaction to her last LP, 2017's Witness. "After being on a rocket ship and just going straight up, it was just a small change in the trajectory, but it felt seismic," she explained. "It's been two-and-a-half years of trying to find my footing. It's so easy for me to work, work, work and avoid, but I had to go on a mental and spiritual journey."
"It got me out of this desperate loop of being the best pop star ever. I just really want to be a human being and have the dimension of life...I get to live life, and I get to bring life into the world," she continued. "Finding the gratitude in this pain has been a real journey, but the outcome is worth it."
Listen to Smile below.