No celebrity fall from grace is more saddening and disheartening than Katy Perry in the last 11 months. From vigorously campaigning for Hillary Clinton to revealing how much trauma Donald Trump caused her, you start to worry how long Perry can remain in the spotlight like this.
Nevertheless, she persisted.
On Thursday night, Perry moved into an apartment with 41 cameras to promote her new album Witness and broadcasted it live on her YouTube channel, ending with a grand finale concert in front of a select group of fans. She’s performed yoga with Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, played a more grotesque version Truth or Dare with late night host James Corden, and cooked with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
However, the most revealing part of her weekend was when she broadcasted a therapy session with Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh, star of The Therapist, on Friday morning. What’s most troubling about the way Perry talked about herself is that she seemed to have reached a breaking point, particularly when mentioning why she cut off her hair.
“I didn’t want to look like Katy Perry anymore,” Perry tearfully said. While the beginning of her hour-long therapy session seemed staged to a degree, there were moments where you could tell she was being sincere and that she’s a real person with real problems.
Perry admitted that she abused alcohol and had suicidal thoughts. She even referenced them in her 2013 song “By the Grace of God.”
“I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed,” Perry said.
Perry said in the beginning of the session that she had been in therapy for five years, which is good because the toll that the election has taken on her seems to have pushed her further over the edge.
Despite the fact that her album just came out and she’s scheduled to go on tour in the fall, it’s not too late to take a break away from the spotlight, Katy. And maybe it’s best to avoid politics for awhile too.
Watch her therapy session below: