Katy Perry was ‘clinically depressed’ after Witness album didn’t do well

Katy Perry has opened up about the dark time she suffered after her last album, 2017’s Witness performed badly.

The singer, 35, revealed she was left clinically depressed after the release as she realised she had placed a lot of weight on getting validation for her music.

She told Channel Seven’s The Morning Show: ‘Coming out of Witness, which was my last album, I became very upset and clinically depressed.

‘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.

‘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.’

Working through her issues helped Katy to create her new album – due out this year – as she admitted the experience inspired some of the record.

She continued: ‘This new record is a real snapshot of resilience, which is my favourite word, because I’ve been writing it over the past two years.

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

Witness, released in 2017, had topped the Billboard 200 chart but was not a commercial or critical success, barring the lead single Chained To The Rhythm which performed well.

Katy’s next record, the title of which is still to be revealed, will be released on 14 August and will feature the songs she has written over the last two years. 

The singer is also expecting her first child this summer with fiancé Orlando Bloom after announcing her pregnancy in the music video for Never Worn White, 

The couple are also due to marry this year, after Orlando popped the question to Katy on Valentine’s Day. 

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