Katy Perry opens up on depression and "finding light at the end of the tunnel"

Emily Hutchinson
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From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Katy Perry is speaking out about her battle with depression and how her struggle influenced her upcoming, as yet untitled, sixth studio album.

The American Idol judge got very candid in a new interview on Good Morning America today (May 22), where she shared that she felt "kind of clinically depressed" two years ago.

"I've been writing [the album] over the past two years and at the beginning of those two years, they were really difficult," she said on the US morning show.

"I was kind of clinically depressed coming out of that and didn't know what my life was, and if I was gonna be – I couldn't really even imagine living, to be completely honest."

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Thankfully, the star is now in a much better place as she prepares to welcome her first child with her fiance Orlando Bloom over the summer.

"Now I've done the work, and I'm still doing the work emotionally, spiritually, physically, psychologically. Now I've come to this light at the end of the tunnel, which means I am gonna live.

"And not only that, I'm gonna bring life into the world. So it ends in a positive place so far," she said.

Katy also shared how the album was influenced by her experiences, calling it "a record about resilience and finding the light at the end of the tunnel".

The star dropped the lead single, titled 'Daisies', and its music video last week and also confirmed that fans can expect the new album on August 14.

You can hear more from Katy on tonight's (May 22) The Graham Norton Show on BBC One at 10.45pm.

American Idol season 18 aired on ABC in the US and is available on Netflix in the UK.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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