Los Angeles: The pregnant singer, suffered from the mental health condition during her Witness tour following the poor critical and commercial reception of her fifth studio album in 2017.
Katy, who had also split from now-fiancé Orlando Bloom at the time, has reflected on her past depression battle in a new interview and revealed she has since learnt to ‘compartmentalise’.
Talking to The Guardian, she said: ‘Nothing, no opportunity, no person could inspire me to get out of bed. My depression showed up in lethargy, in lack of interest. Like, now I just don’t care about anything. And don’t look forward to anything.’
Katy revealed that she spent a week at the Hoffman Institute, which is billed as an effective treatment for depression, anger and anxiety, she likened her negative behaviours that she wanted to address as a ‘Mary Poppins’ bag’.
The star also referenced the moment in her 2012 documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me where she shed tears before performing on stage following the end of her marriage to Russell Brand. Katy added that she has now learnt to ‘compartmentalise’ and that you have to put your ‘personal life away for two hours’ while performing, joking that she provides a ‘Disneyland service’.
She said: ‘I have learned how to compartmentalise and how to be a performer. You put your personal life away for two hours and realise that people are paying with their time and money to come and see the jester, to escape their own stuff.’
Katy also addressed former backlash after being accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ several times in her career.
The star came under fire in 2013 after she dressed as a Geisha for the American Music Awards and in the same year was heavily criticised for wearing cornrows in her hair for the This is How We Do video. Katy told the newspaper that it came from a ‘juvenile lack of education’ and she is now more evolved as a human being.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Firework hitmaker and actor Orlando, 43, have pushed their wedding back for a second time.
In a new interview, the artist admitted the couple are focusing on ‘delivering a healthy child’ as they prepare to welcome their daughter into the world next month.