Katy Perry Experienced ‘Bouts Of Situational Depression’ After Poor Album Reception
The lukewarm response to 'Witness' had a huge impact on her mental health
Katy Perry has revealed that she struggled to come to terms with the disappointing reviews of her latest album and said that she has now a learned a valuable lesson to not place too much importance on the public’s opinion.
After Witness hit the shelves in 2017, the 33-year-old told Vogue Australia that she was heartbroken when a swathe of negative comments surfaced about the quality of the finished product.
Revealing that the lukewarm response had a negative impact on her mental health, Katy 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 eventually chose to recover from the ordeal by checking into a week-long personal treatment program at the Hoffman Institute, which she has credited with completely flipping her negative mindset on its head.
“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 continued: “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.”