We all know the music industry is tough, and even when you’re already a famous pop star, not everything you release is going to be an instant hit.
In this case, pop singer Katy Perry says she had “bouts of situational depression” following the release of her latest album, Witness.
Witness reached number six in the UK charts when it was released last year, whereas her two previous records both made it to number one.
The singer says she had put a lot of “validity” into the public reaction, and was ultimately heartbroken when they didn’t react the way she expected. While the build-up to her album was huge, with Katy putting on a live stream for 72 hours to promote it, the album was ultimately a flop, and didn’t perform as well as she hoped.
Following this, Katy had “difficult conversations” with her record label, and says she ended up needing a “personal growth retreat” as a result.
The singer spoke to Vogue Australia, she says meditation retreats and meeting the Pope helped her get over the disappointment.
“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.”
She also talked about how her mental health affects her music and creativity, saying: “The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.”
Was so proud to give the gift of #transcendentalmeditation to my tour mates last week lead by my beautiful friend @meditationbob. We meditated as a group before our show in #Manchester tonight to reclaim the arena for JOY! AND IT WAS JOYFUL. #WitnessTheTour🐝
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) June 23, 2018
Katy has always been incredibly open about her personal life and mental wellbeing. Before the release of Witness, she revealed on her live stream that she had written a song about her struggle with suicidal thoughts.
“I wrote a song about it. I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed” she said. “You can be right or you can be loved. I just want to be loved”
Despite the unfavourable reviews and under-performance of the album, it’s not all doom and gloom for the singer. After all, she was revealed as the highest paid female pop star in the world over the past year. Whilst plenty of people really dislike her, as disappointing as it is for her to actually be “Katy Perry” herself, the poor album results will soon be nothing more than a minor setback, don’t you agree?
Story by Emily Clark
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