In a recent interview for Canadian radio show “Q on CBC,” Perry opened up about her past breakup with Orlando Bloom, how it affected her mental health, and how she came out the other side.
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“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.” While Perry couldn’t pinpoint exactly what had shifted in her career, she described it as having a “seismic” impact.
Perry doesn’t look back on this point in her life through a sad, regretful lens, though — she referred to this period as a time of “necessary brokenness,” and said that without it, she wouldn’t be where she is today.
“Gratitude is probably the thing that saved my life because if I didn’t find that I probably would’ve wallowed in my own sadness and just jumped,” the Daisies singer said. “I found ways to be grateful, and every morning when I wake up… the very first thing I say out loud is, ‘Thank you God for today. I am grateful in every way.'”
“When I’m writing those songs, I’m in the worst place of my life. Something comes over me and writes the song — my soul is my ghostwriter,” she said. “I turn to music to speak my language of my heart and my soul, especially when I’m in those dark times. I think I write these songs because I first and foremost need the hope.”
Perry has never been one to shy away from the tough topics — and with a baby girl on the way, we hope that she’ll continue to be as open and honest about her mental health. After all, talking about these issues helps normalise them, which can save lives.