KATY Perry revealed she has experienced “waves of depression” while in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic in what she says has become the “new norm.”
The 35-year-old pop star has remained on lockdown at her Los Angeles home with fiancé Orlando Bloom, 43, as the couple prepare to welcome a baby girl due later this Summer.
On Tuesday, Katy wrote to her 108 million Twitter followers that she has struggled with the devastating impact of COVID-19.
“Sometimes I don’t know what’s worse trying to avoid the virus or the waves of depression that come with this new norm,” she tweeted.
Fans immediately sent a wave of support for the mother-to-be and reminded the singer that her songs helped them get through difficult times.
“Your music is the only thing getting me through any of this,” one person said.
Another supporter said: “You’ve told us this but now it’s our turn to tell you: it’s okay to feel like this but we are getting through this.
“And, especially you, have a great family around, you’re about to give birth to a new human being, things are brighter than they seem.”
Katy – who has been with her baby daddy on-and-off since 2016 – said in the past that she struggled with her mental health following her divorce from comedian Russell Brand in 2012.
In an interview with Vogue India in January, the Teenage Dream songstress candidly said:
“I became depressed and I did not want to get out of bed. In the past, I had been able to overcome it, but this time something happened that made me fall down too many flights of stairs.
“I had to really go on a mental health journey,” she said after the split from her first husband.
The American Idol judge credits the Pirates of the Caribbean star for helping her mental state.
“Orlando is like a sage. When we first met, he said we would pull the poison out of each other.
"I’ve never had a partner who was willing to go on an emotional and spiritual journey like Orlando.
“It’s challenging, because you’re facing all the things you don’t like about yourself. Orlando, who is on a spiritual journey of his own, he’s an anchor who holds me down.
“And he’s very real. He’s not the number one fan of Katy Perry, but he’s the number one fan of Katheryn Hudson,” she told the magazine, referring to her real name.
The music and TV personality was brought to tears on Mother’s Day after an emotional performance from Idol contestant Dillon James as he dedicated his song to his mother.
Dillon – who has spoken on the show about the tough battles he’s faced in recent years – was commended for overcoming his addiction issues and praised his mother for helping him.
A choked up Katy told the Bakersfield singer: "When I first met you, you could tell you came from a really dark place and you were coming out of it, fighting it and around you.
"But you feel a lot lighter and freer, what a beautiful story being able to go through that and have your mother there, saying 'just come back and I'll always be here.’
“Isn’t that the definition of what a mother is? And she really stayed true to that definition and good for you for making this performance about her,” the hit-maker said as she wiped her eyes.
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