Katy Perry opens up about overcoming depression before giving birth to baby

The singer is getting candid about her struggles and how she learned to cope and discover true joy in her life.
2:33 | 08/06/20

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Transcript for Katy Perry opens up about overcoming depression before giving birth to baby
Thursday. Tomorrow, pop star ZARA Larsson is taking over our series. Our cover story, Katy Perry speaking the truth, the speaker is opening up about her battle with depression before the birth of her daughter. Reporter: Good morning, due date could be any day now. But Katy Perry is getting brutally honest about the dark days before her pregnancy. After getting help, she says she is thrilled to be a new mommy Reporter: With an album delayed and destination wedding side lined by covid, Katie Perry is opening about surviving depression and how she feels more ready to be a mom. As the "American idol" judge anticipates the birth of her daughter with Orlando bloom. It was a good shift, a necessary shift to get me out of this kind of like desperate pop stardom like loop of you know being the best pop star ever. Reporter: Perry describes the period of two-an-a-half years she put her relationship with bloom on hold while her anxious son tortured her. I understand mental health so much more now. Katy struggled with depression before she's written songs ab it. But this is really the darkest period she's faced and she said that she may not have seen 2020 had she not sought help in medication and treatment and Reporter: Now the super star reveals besides medication and family support, she's participated in a unique week-long retreat to help her resolve emotions she has been bottling through childhood. The Hoffman process identifies and disconnects from negative thoughts and behaviors in order to make positive changes in life and relationship. Finding love for myself and compassion and, you know, not drinking myself into a ditch. Reporter: Perry admits being pregnant in the pandemic is an emotional roller coaster. But going on her spiritual journey and writing new songs she is able to handle all the ups and downs with intense change. With a child coming, I feel it will be even more of an anchor. Reporter: Perry says she titles her album smile because these songs brought her hope. The full interview can be seen on people TV online.

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