The singer is getting real about everything from having suicidal thoughts to her feud with Taylor Swift.
Katy Perry is known for keeping it real. She's opened up about going to therapy and even shared her best self-confidence trick (hint: she googles her name with the word "hot"), showing us that even the biggest celebs need a self-esteem boost every now and then. Based on a couple of interviews she's done in the past few days, though, it looks like the singer and soon-to-be American Idol judge is taking her realness to a whole new level. (BTW, here are more female celebrities vocal about mental health issues.)
As part of the promotion for her new album Witness, Katy decided to install cameras in her apartment to live-stream her life on YouTube. For 96 hours, she allowed fans to "witness" her day-to-day—including an actual therapy session, where she definitely didn't hold back. In the session and in a follow-up interview with Natalie Morales for TODAY, Perry explained that a big part of the reason she cut her hair and changed her look is because she really wants to be "her authentic self," not just who everyone *expects* her to be as Katy Perry.
Among the other revelations was the fact that Katy has experienced suicidal thoughts in the past, and that she's struggled with "very low thoughts" at various times in her life. Another major issue Katy has dealt with? Addiction. "I have my own addictions that I struggle with, whether that's love or substance or things like that," she said. "It's up and down—even just attention, you know? I get so much attention and that can become addiction," she told Morales. (Side note: Here are some other celebs who battled addiction through healthy habits.)
And she didn't stop there. During an interview with Arianna Huffington for The Thrive Global Podcast, Katy really went for it when she was asked about her ongoing feud with Taylor Swift. "I am ready to let it go," she said. "I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it's actually like, I think it's time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. You know what I'm saying? And I love her, and I want the best for her." Katy also said she thinks Swift is a "fantastic songwriter" and she really just wants to "come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion." Aww. This was all followed by a quick impromptu rendition of Frozen's "Let It Go," to really drive the point home.
It's hard not to be impressed by Katy's candor, especially considering how much she is in the public eye. Whether you're a Grammy winner or a 9-to-5er, it's not always easy to be open up about these serious issues. We're thankful that Katy is using her platform to set an example for others to hopefully feel less timid about expressing themselves as well.