Katy Perry reveals ‘heartbreak’ over negative reaction to Witness
Katy Perry has spoken out about the reaction to her last album, Witness, which ~enjoyed lacklustre reviews and relatively low sales upon its release in 2017.
The era launched with the perfectly serviceable Chained To The Rhythm, before going south with Bon Appetit and Swish Swish – neither of which ignited the charts.
Although Witness was a number one album in the US, its sales were paltry in comparison to Perry’s previous highs – and recently even one of Katy’s record label bosses admitted it was all a bit of a mess.
“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,” she told Vogue Australia.
“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.’
“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.”
Rare for a top-tier artist to be so frank about a flop album, is it not?