Katy Perry’s new album, Smile, is “full of hopefulness and resilience and joy,” the singer revealed in an interview on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM Radio present on July 21. It is a pleasure, she stated, that got here out of a interval of deep despair. “[Smile] was made throughout a darkish time,” Perry stated. “I used to be clinically depressed as a result of I had a change in my profession.”
The despair, Perry defined, was brought on by the lackluster reaction to her final album, Witness. “The final report did not essentially meet my expectations,” she stated. In some methods, that freed her to “create and be extra dimensional as an artist and in addition as a human being.” However it additionally led to despair so critical that, at one level, she was unable to get away from bed.
“It was greater than I had ever confronted in my life,” Perry stated. “I might had bouts of despair earlier than, however I had been capable of keep away from falling into the actually darkish despair by making music. It is like all these stuff you do to distract, you eat, you’re employed, you get a brand new boyfriend, you store.”
Perry additionally stated she felt “so ashamed” of being on treatment for despair. “I used to be like . . . I wrote ‘Firework.’ However it was a type of issues the place I might sprained my mind just a little bit.”
Smile is about to be launched August 14, and Perry is at present pregnant along with her first youngster with fiancé Orlando Bloom. He “is the one one that may deal with [my depression],” stated Perry. “I confirmed him all of it — and I nonetheless take a look at him, he nonetheless exhibits up, he nonetheless is just not fazed by it — and that’s the reason he’s excellent for me.”