Sometimes, it’s nice to read about the normal struggles of people who seem untouchable. In today’s news of most-relatable, Katy Perry has admitted to near breaking down during a temporary split from partner Orlando Bloom in 2017.
Speaking to Canadian radio show Q on CBC, Perry, 35, said she felt like she’d hit rock bottom both professionally and personally, citing her breakup with Bloom as having such a “seismic” impact that it “literally broke me in half.”
“I lost my smile,” Perry told host Tom Power. “I don’t know if my smile was ever fully, like, authentically mine but I was riding on the high of a smile for a long time. Which was the validation, love, and admiration from the outside world, and then that shifted.”
“I had broken up with my boyfriend, who is now my baby-daddy-to-be, and then I was excited about flying high off the next record and the record didn’t get me high any more … The validation didn’t get me high, and so I just crashed,” she continued.
Lots of people reading this will be able to relate. Relationships breakdowns can be all-consuming and so physically and mentally painful. And, if other aspects of life aren’t going so well either, it can feel like it’s too much. Perry described her moment as “wallowing” in her “own sadness.”
So how did she pull herself out from this period of seeing everything with such a sad lens? When you’re Katy Perry, how do you mend your broken heart?
“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 said. “Gratitude is probably the thing that saved my life, because if I didn’t find that I would have wallowed in my own sadness and probably just jumped but I found the ways to be grateful.”
The following organisations are available for confidential help and support for anybody feeling depressed, anxious or suicidal. If you’re in Australia, click here to visit Beyond Blue. If you’re in the United States, click here to visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.