Katy Perry: I was clinically depressed after performance of last album

Amy Johnson
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Katy Perry speaks to media on March 11, 2020 in Bright, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Katy Perry speaks to media on March 11, 2020 in Bright, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Katy Perry has opened up on how her mental health was affected upon the release of her last album Witness, which made its debut in 2017.

The record struggled commercially compared with the huge success of her previous three albums and left the singer in a troubled place.

“Coming out of Witness, which was my last album, I became very upset and clinically depressed,” she told Australia's Channel Seven’s The Morning Show. "I became very insecure and had to go on a journey, both emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically to understand why I relied so much on validation.”

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The 35-year-old went on: “I had to realise that everything related to my career isn’t all of what life is, it’s just a part of who I am.

Katy Perry performs during SHEIN Together Virtual Festival to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the United Nations Foundation on May 09, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for SHEIN)
Katy Perry performs during SHEIN Together Virtual Festival to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the United Nations Foundation on May 09, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for SHEIN)

“I really went through that journey and a lot of beautiful songs came from it.”

While her previous three records One of the Boys, Teenage Dream and Prism spawned multiple hits, Witness failed to make the same impact in the charts.

Perry's discussion of her career comes as the star is due to release her as-of-yet-unnamed sixth album in August.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom attend the LA Premiere of Amazon's "Carnival Row" at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 21, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom attend the LA Premiere of Amazon's "Carnival Row" at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 21, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

She released a single from the project back in March, Never Worn White, revealing her pregnancy in the accompanying video. The California Girls hitmaker is expecting her first child, a daughter, with fiancé Orlando Bloom.

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Perry has recently shared that she's 'learning to be a mum fast' in lockdown due to residing with children.

Bloom, 43, already has son Flynn, 9, from his first marriage to model Miranda Kerr.