American Singer, Katy Perry
To recover from depression Katy Perry looked toward a "pharmaceutical crutch."
During her Witness tour in 2017 and 2018, the 35-year-old pop star experienced depression and Katy has now admitted that she was taking medication to tackle the problem.
"I was on the Witness tour, I remember looking out to the audience and thinking, 'Why are you here? You don't like me. I'm not that good.' I got very clinically depressed."
Katy has been in counseling since she was 25 but her most recent brush with depression was worse than anything she has done before.
The 'Roar' hitmaker said:
"I had always been able to skirt the issue.
"Any time I suffered from bouts of depression I would easily be able to run to the validation of the outside world by writing a song, doing a music video, getting likes and comments [on social media]."
Katy admits that she is taking medication to fight the problem-although she did not specify what it was.
She told the Sunday Times newspaper:
"I tried medication and that was really intense. I was on something that my psychologist at the time recommended.
"It was like I sprained my brain and I needed crutches. It changes the chemistry of your mind, all the serotonin and dopamine. Sometimes people need a pharmaceutical crutch."
Katy is no longer on medication, but she is a fan of meditation and the Hoffman Process, which is an extreme course of therapy.
"You know that voice in your brain that says, 'You're fat, you're ugly, you just got lucky,' all that s***? It silences it.
"Which is great because mine was super-loud."