Internationally renowned pop star Katy Perry has opened up her struggle with suicidal thoughts, revealing that it was her gratefulness to God that saw her through some of the darkest times.
Perry explained how she contemplated taking her own life in 2017 ahead of her new album coming out and after breaking up with her now-fiancé, Orlando Bloom.
She told SiriusXM’s CBC Radio One: "I had broken up with my boyfriend, who is now my baby-daddy-to-be, and then I was excited about flying high off the next record. But the validation did not make me high, and so I just crashed.”
Perry added: “Gratitude is probably the thing that saved my life because if I did not find that, I would have wallowed in my own sadness and probably just jumped. But I found the ways to be grateful.
“Every morning I wake up and it’s the very first thing I say, ‘Thank you God for today, I am grateful in every way. If it gets really hard I walk around and say, ‘I am grateful! … That’s been the light at the end of my tunnel.”
Perry was raised in a Christian home and grew up leading worship at her parent's church. In 2001, she released her debut gospel album under her birth name Katy Hudson, but it did not perform well commercially. After moving into the secular music industry, she subsequently became one of the most successful recording artists of all time, selling 18 million albums and 125 million singles worldwide.