Katy Perry Says She Was Depressed & Suicidal After Split From Russell Brand

katy perry performing perth, australiaThese days, Katy Perry is in the midst of a world tour, killing it on the charts, and dating DJ Diplo. Even her more recent breakup with ex John Mayer seems like a distant memory. But the pop star revisited an even further back heartache -- her 2011 split from ex-husband Russell Brand -- while discussing her song "By the Grace of God" in a new interview with an Australian TV show The Project.

The lyrics, "Couldn't take it anymore ... I looked in the mirror and decided to stay/Wasn't gonna let love take me out that way" seem to allude to contemplating suicide, and Katy confirmed that those were thoughts she had at the time. In fact, she explained that she was "depressed." 

Check out her interview below.


That must have been absolutely devastating to go through. And no doubt feeling alone was something that made it even more challenging. All too often, we treat depression as taboo, and that leads many people going through it to feel isolated, as Katy notes.

But the reality is that about 9 percent of Americans have feelings of hopelessness, despondency, and/or guilt that generate a diagnosis of depression, according to depression statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Plus, women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression during the course of their lifetimes.

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"Experiencing depressive symptoms after divorce or any major life transition is typical," explains psychotherapist Julie Gowthorpe, PhD, RSW, author of Tainted Love. "Divorce requires people to grieve the loss of what was expected to be a lifetime commitment. Even when someone intellectually knows that divorce is the best option for them, emotionally bouncing back from couple separation can be filled with psychological obstacles." 

The fact is that people with a history of depression are at a higher risk for suffering mental health-wise after a split. According to research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, nearly 60 percent of people who divorced during the study and who had previously experienced depression reported another depressive episode after their split. (Only 10 percent of people without a history of depression reported post-divorce depression.)

"Situation factors such as financial changes, housing issues, and child custody matters can further increase the likelihood of depressive symptoms," explains Dr. Gowthorpe. 

If you or a loved one are in the midst of a divorce, it's important to keep an eye out for depression warning signs, such as isolation from friends and family, lack of focus at work or home, negative self-talk, and loss of hope. "Good professional help can quickly make things better," says Dr. Gowthorpe. 

Thankfully, things have gotten much better for Katy Perry. As difficult as it must have been at the time, candidly admitting that she has been there is a HUGE service to others. This is a conversation we need to keep having, because people going through their darkest hour need to know they're not at all alone.

What do you think of Katy's admission? Have you ever been in the same position -- and how did you get through it?


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