Katy Perry Says Her Witness Era Led To Bouts Of Depression

"The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create."

Katy Perry is on the cover of Vogue Australia this month, and in the feature she detailed her struggle with mental health after her most recent album, Witness failed to energise fans.

Perry revealed that she went on a week-long retreat at the Hoffman Institute in California, to help identify negative behaviours and patterns of thinking that were "conditioned in childhood".

The 33-year-old revealed she had suffered from bouts of "situational depression", especially following the release of her 2017 album Witness.

"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," she said.

The album was released to middling reviews, and a wildly uneven press tour that included Perry invoking her ongoing, frustratingly dull, increasingly one-sided feud with Taylor Swift. She starred in a Big Brother-esque livestream where she was filmed for almost 100 hours straight. During that time fans could watch Perry sleep, meditate, do yoga and attend a live therapy session.

Katy Perry Live Witness World Wide Youtube
Katy Perry during the Live Witness World Wide on YouTube which saw the artist live-streaming for almost 100 hours in a row. Image: YouTube.

Perry described the less-than-enthused overall reaction to Witness as a "test", set by the universe to put her self-love to the limit.

"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."

The "Swish Swish" singer also deconstructed the idea of the tortured artist, separating the idea that in order to create first you need to suffer. "The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create."

Perry said through the Hoffman program she was able to understand that she didn't need to live out life as a tortured soul, and could love herself while still living out her artistic truth.

Read the full interview here.