Katy Perry Speaks Out About Battling Alcoholism & Suicidal Thoughts
For four days, Katy Perry streamed her life in honor of her new album “Witness.” Last Friday night, she talked to “The Therapist” host Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh for an hour about addiction, mental health, and self-image. She says she feels caught between her popstar image and the person that is known to friends and family, Katheryn Hudson.
Perry admitted to Singh that she had fought with alcoholism, and that struggle resulted in suicidal thoughts and inspired the 2013 song “By the Grace of God.” Regarding these feelings, she said she felt ashamed.
“Because, of course, Katy Perry’s so strong, I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, that I’d feel that low and that depressed.”
She also stated that she’s been in therapy for five years attending alongside her family. She spoke of her conservative Christian upbringing in California, how she moved to Nashville in her teens to focus on a music career, and that the therapy has fostered closeness within the family.
Perry also referred to herself as a bit of a goofball and says she has been trying to reconcile her private and public personas:
“I’m really strong as Katy Perry, and sometimes I’m not as strong as Katheryn Hudson.”
She seemed disturbed about the mention of her short-cropped hair, which she recently cut she said due to bleach damage. She said that was also partly inspired to change her look because she “…so badly want to be Kathryn Hudson that I didn’t want to look like Katy Perry anymore.”
Finally, she said that by participating in therapy, she is making her mental health a priority, stating that
“I really want to be my authentic self, 100 percent.”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology
You can watch the entire therapy session here.