Katy Perry’s new music is influenced by some of her recent life experiences.
Perry promoted the release of her new song “Never Really Over” by chatting with Apple Music’s Beats 1. The 34-year-old explained how her new music is not necessarily an expression of where she is now, but where she has been.
“The music that I’m putting out now is kind of a delayed effect of what has happened in my life. Yeah, but it’s not like day and date with who I am presently, but it’s definitely something I’ve gone through in the past and what it means to me is that your mind is super powerful. There are so many ways to choose your own adventure these days,” she said.
“I mean, you can be in the best position of your life and in the healthiest place in your life and then you get one text message that just makes you fall to your knees,” continued Perry. “Or you get one comment on social media or you get one like and you’re like, here comes that wave of nostalgia from the past.”
Perry also touched on the importance of moving forward. “You have to do some heavy-duty work to like get through that, and so this song is really like, man, it’s up to me to make the right choice or the choice in my mind to like keep putting one foot in front of the other and going forward not going backwards. I could easily go backwards by literally looking at a photo,” she said.
“I have to go forward because I know what’s good for me now,” Perry continued. “So, like, in the second verse, it’s like, ‘I guess I should try hypnotherapy. I’ve got to rewire this brain because I can’t even go on the internet without even checking your name.’ It’s like, this is a choice I’m making in my life right now.”
She concluded: “There is acceptance in that all these things that you did in the past led you to this place. And you had to go through all that to get here. So I believe that we all have the option to be our best selves, but we’ve got to choose it.”
Perry released “Never Really Over” on Friday, May 31; Perry’s Beats 1 interview debuts on Sunday, June 2 at 11 p.m. PT/2 a.m. ET.