Talking about the mixed reviews and reactions to the album the "Roar" singer 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. Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: 'Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating 'blankie.' Then we'll see how much you do truly love yourself.
Perry says she was able to regroup and take care of herself by spending a week at a mental-health retreat and getting back in touch with her spiritual side. She is feeling better saying about the experience:
That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It's not just a material foundation: it's a soul foundation.
MY COVER STORY ON @KATYPERRY FOR @VOGUEAUSTRALIA IS UP NOW! https://t.co/kyCLlRX174— Derek Blasberg (@Derek Blasberg)1531850305.0
.@katyperry graces @vogueaustralia with a new photoshoot and reflects on 'Witness' in a new interview:… https://t.co/TpKMNXpN7Y— idolator (@idolator)1531850431.0
Katy Perry reveals she had "bouts of situational depression" during "Witness" era in new interview… https://t.co/mOgIKO7pOA— billboard (@billboard)1531854012.0
Fans were there to support Katy.
“She was late but worth the wait.” MY QUEEN @katyperry https://t.co/GlPwKPhK8T— Karla Rodriguez (@Karla Rodriguez)1531842307.0
@DerekBlasberg @katyperry @vogueaustralia It was a amazing article. You captured the side of Katy we rarely see. We… https://t.co/sXptbHowyH— Annie (@Annie)1531863426.0
@idolator @katyperry @vogueaustralia Glad you made it through the depression. Remember there are the tiny voices of… https://t.co/NqR6yOMw81— Jeannie Smith (@Jeannie Smith)1531916164.0
@PopCrush @katyperry “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” No one needs validates you when you kno… https://t.co/KGfYgSLGpw— Simply Shawniee (@Simply Shawniee)1531922089.0
Not everyone was feeling the compassion though; some people were downright nasty.
@PopCrush https://t.co/O8YcyhikRf— Sphinxonyx 👑🖤 (@Sphinxonyx 👑🖤)1531865822.0
@PopCrush @katyperry https://t.co/2H7eUKxEN3— shae. (@shae.)1531865512.0
@PopCrush @katyperry Situational depression isn’t depression it’s being sad, bummed out...not depression— Meembeam 💫 (@Meembeam 💫)1531863336.0
@PopCrush @katyperry Maybe because we're disgusted by your political statements?— You bet your Astros (@You bet your Astros)1531927178.0
Maybe the best relief from situational depression is to stay far away from social media.
In the same interview, Perry revealed that she'd returned to Christianity, a move that certainly pleased her pious mother:
'My mom prayed for me my entire life, hoping I'd come back to God.'
According to Perry, she and her mother have been on a spiritual re-awakening... https://t.co/4FSsogXFN2— Francis Rey Apo (@Francis Rey Apo)1531937761.0
Perry, who met Pope Francis back in April, added: "Now that I'm in my 30s, it's more about spirituality and heart goodness."
Of Pope Francis, she said:
I'm such a big fan of Pope Francis. It's a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is a rebel – a rebel for Jesus.
. @katyperry has revealed she has returned to the Christianity after meeting the Pope ⛪️ "I'm such a big fan of Pop… https://t.co/8MedGhxnD5— Digital Pride (@Digital Pride)1531824412.0
And it looks like that move has garnered Perry at least one new fan.
@katyperry Who knows if u’ll even see this tweet. I’m a long time fan & a pastor. I heard you re-embraced Jesus af… https://t.co/2Wcm0rcWvm— Eric Alvarez (@Eric Alvarez)1531884042.0
Live your truth, Katy Perry.