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Katy Perry is known for her bubbly personality, eclectic style, and award-winning pop music, but beneath the cupcake bras and purple wigs is a human who, like millions of other Americans, is navigating mental health issues. In 2017, the American Idol judge, who was born Katheryn Hudson, met with Natalie Morales to talk about her depression and anxiety.”It’s not just been a one time that I’ve felt really low,” she said, adding that she’s battled suicidal and”very low thoughts” for some time.

The star actually created her popstar alter ego”Katy Perry” to cope with her mental health.”For a long time I didn’t feel like old Katheryn Hudson from Santa Barbara was anything special,” she said.”I didn’t feel like I was enough, so I had to kind of create this character of myself.” Perry said she has her”own addictions” that she struggles with,”whether that’s love or substance or things like that.””It’s up and down—even just attention, you know? I get so much attention and that can become addiction.”

After seeking help through therapy, meditation and yoga, and finding a loving parter who supports her, Perry has learned to cope with her mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Today, she advocates for herself and encourages all people to take care of their mind and body. Here’s everything the”Roar” singer has said about her mental health journey.

1.”There is nothing weird about taking care of your physical and mental health.”
Perry is an advocate for taking care of your mental health, and the star told KIIS-FM that she has been going to therapy for years.”I think it has really helped my mental health incredibly,” she said, per Rolling Stone.”And it’s a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you, because I don’t think a lot of people have that. I encourage it.”

“People think it’s weird or they think yoga is weird,” she continued.”No, there is nothing weird about taking care of your physical and mental health. That’s awesome.” The singer loves hot yoga and told Prevention.com that it has helped her find balance.”I have had a dance with depression, and hot yoga helps clear it all out,” she said.”If you have a healthy body, it helps you have a healthy mind.” There are many types of yoga practices that are beneficial for both mental and physical health. These practices have been in vogue in India since the past decade, especially for foreigners and tourists. See 300 hour yoga teacher training India for more details.

2.”I don’t even want to look like Katy Perry anymore.”
In 2017, Perry live-streamed a 96-hour therapy session with therapist Siri Sat Nam Singh, Ph.D. on YouTube as part of Vice’s”The Therapist” series. During the conversation, the singer said had struggled with suicidal thoughts that made her”ashamed that [she’d] feel that low or that depressed.”

“I’m really strong as Katy Perry, and sometimes I’m not as strong as Katheryn Hudson,” she told Singh, adding that she cut her hair earlier that year to feel more like her”authentic self.””People talk about my hair and they don’t like it or they wish it was longer, and I so badly want to be Katheryn Hudson that I don’t even want to look like Katy Perry sometimes. And that is a little bit of why I cut my hair.”

She told Morales that by cutting her hair in 2017, she was”letting go of this thing that I created, which is a more exaggerated version of me.” Perry hoped that by showing her vulnerability with a live-streamed therapy session, people would be able to know that she’s”just like them.”

3.”I became depressed and I did not want to get out of bed.”
In a recent interview with Vogue India, Perry shed light on her mental health journey, adding that 2017 and 2018 were some of her toughest years.”I became depressed and I did not want to get out of bed,” she told the outlet.”In the past, I had been able to overcome it, but this time something happened that made me fall down too many flights of stairs.” (She did not elaborate on the specific event that caused her mental health to spiral.)

Still, the star realized it was time for change.”I had to really go on a mental health journey,” she said.”We talk about all our different organs but never talk about our brain, which keeps us functioning the most.”

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