Katy Perry opened up to Vogue Australia about experiencing bouts of depression. The singer says they hit after she received unfavorable reviews for her album entitled Witness. The feedback weighed heavy on the star.

"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."

The artist perceives her struggle with depression as a cosmic challenge sent to strengthen the values she preaches to her fanbase.

"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."

Katy Perry sought help for her condition. She spent a week at The Hoffman Institue, a mental health facility in located California. The pop star says the experience realigned her spiritually: "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."