That ]shift appears to have happened in 2017, when Perry released her fourth studio album, Witness, which didn’t receive the same commercial and critical acclaim as her Teenage Dream (2010) and Prism (2013) albums.
Witness still reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, but it failed to produce any major blockbuster hits. (Keep in mind that Perry scored five number-one hits off Teenage Dream alone, a feat previously accomplished only by Michael Jackson.
This was a “good crash,” though, according to Perry. “It was a necessary brokenness,” she revealed in the interview. “It was so important for me to be broken so that I could find my wholeness in a whole different way and be more dimensional than just living my life like a thirsty pop star all the time.
Perry admits this was a shift maybe the outside world didn’t notice. “My career was on this trajectory where it was going up, up, up, up, up, and then I had, like, the smallest shift,” she said in the interview. “It wasn’t that huge, maybe, from an outside perspective, but for me it was seismic.
During the chat, host Tom Power referenced a quote from Perry, who said that making her new album (out later this summer) was about “finding her smile again. ” She then elaborated on this. “I lost my smile,” Perry said. “I don’t know if my smile was ever fully, authentically mine.
Gratitude is what helped Perry put herself together. “Gratitude is probably the thing that saved my life, because if I didn’t find that, I would’ve wallowed in my own sadness and probably just jumped.
In a new interview with Q on CBC, Katy Perry got very candid about her mental health—specifically during a low point she reached in 2017 after splitting with her now fiancé, Orlando Bloom.
“It was a necessary brokenness.” https://t.co/4nxqJBRSws— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 29, 2020