Katy Perry discusses being pregnant during a pandemic and surviving the “darkest” years of her life in a new interview with People.
Perry, who is expecting her first baby with fiancé Orlando Bloom, says of the coronavirus pandemic and having to postpone her wedding and the release of her new album: “Every day your options change, and you don’t know what’s what. Especially being pregnant in a pandemic, it’s an emotional roller-coaster.”
The singer, whose new album Smile is out August 28, explains how she got through the darker periods of her life: “Having a great partner, having a sound mind, continuing to do the work, I’m not as flinchable.”
Perry, who has been open about her battle with depression, adds: “I’m not untouchable or invincible, but it’s a little bit more like water off a duck’s back.”
The star is then asked about how far she’s come since 2017 and her album Witness failing to break the same records as her previous releases.
Perry, who was also on a break from her romance with Bloom at the time, shares: “After being on a rocket ship and just going straight up, it was just a small change in the trajectory, but it felt seismic.
“It’s been two and a half years of trying to find my footing. It’s so easy for me to work, work, work, and avoid, but I had to go on a mental and spiritual journey.”
She says of her “nightmare” lowest points, “You feel like you’re being attacked, and you can’t wake up.”
Perry also talks to People about her 2017 brief split from Bloom, telling the mag of it making them stronger now: “It’s really about an individual journey that makes the whole thing better. We both had to decide to go on that journey separately because it’s not my half and your half that makes a whole. It’s my wholeness and your wholeness that makes this whole thing happen.”
The Smile track “Champagne Problems” was written about overcoming the couple’s toughest times.
“It’s a song that really talks about how intense it’s gotten and how many things we have had to go through. Yes, we have problems. Everybody has challenges in a relationship,” Perry, who was married to Russell Brand in her 20s, continues. “If it’s a real relationship, it’s going to challenge you into your best self. I really understand what Justin Timberlake said about, ‘You’re my mirror,’ because it’s true. They bring up all this stuff you can’t really see about yourself.”
Perry adds of their romance now, “It’s a never-ending evolution, so it’s not peachy-keen jelly bean all the time, but it’s nice to have been able to show each other all the good, bad and everything in between, and really fight for our best selves.
“Now, we just joke, like yeah, we still have things to work out — but champagne problems! We’ve gotten through a lot of hell.”