Singer Katy Parry fell into deep depression after her album ‘Witness’ failed to strike a chord with the audience last year.
The young vocalist opened up about how she dealt with the situation and stood up again in a recent interview with Vogue Australia.
In the interview, she said, “I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to…which broke my heart.”
She revealed that last winter she attended a personal growth retreat at the Hoffman Institute, seeking rejuvenation.
The retreat acted like a system reboot for Perry, who said, “Essentially and metaphorically, we are all computers, and sometimes we adopt these viruses via our parents or via the nurture that we are given or not given growing up.
These toxic tendencies can start to play out in our behaviour, in our adult patterns, in our relationships.”
She confessed to previously seeking validation through audiences, substances, denial, or withdrawal and holding on to the notion that her creativity and agony had to go hand in hand.
She said, “The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.”
She admitted that she realised it later that she does not require to be an emotional wreck to be a successful singer and songwriter.
Katy Perry has even given out Hoffman gift certificates to friends whom she has seen struggling, or those looking for a breakthrough.