Interview

June 29, 2020 12:18PM EDT

Katy Perry is getting candid about a dark time when she contemplated taking her own life. Following her split from — current fiance and ‘baby daddy’ — Orlando Bloom in 2017, Katy revealed that she ‘wallowed’ in sadness and was ‘broken.’

Katy Perry recently opened up about a low point in her professional and personal life, which led to her considering suicide in 2017. In a candid, new interview, the pregnant singer, 35, explained how she recovered from being “broken” after a breakup with Orlando Bloom and poor album sales in 2017.

“I lost my smile,” Katy told host Tom Power while appearing on SiriusXM Canadian radio show “Q on CBC.” Katy admitted that she was left “wallowing” in her “own sadness” at the time. “I don’t know if my smile was ever fully, like, authentically mine but I was riding on the high of a smile for a long time,” she continue. “Which was the validation, love, and admiration from the outside world, and then that shifted.”

Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom in 2016Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry at the Golden Globe Awards in 2016. (Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Variety/Shutterstock)

The American Idol judge went on to explain witnessing her career take such a negative turn had a “seismic” impact on her, and “literally broke me in half.”

At the time (in 2017), “I had broken up with my boyfriend, who is now my baby-daddy-to-be, and then I was excited about flying high off the next record and the record didn’t get me high any more … The validation didn’t get me high, and so I just crashed,” she recalled. Katy later reconciled with Orlando, who proposed in February of 2019. She is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child, due this summer.

During the interview, Katy revealed that the dark time in her life was “necessary brokenness.” She also said she believes gratitude saved her life.

“It was so important for me to be broken so that I could find my wholeness in a whole different way. And be more dimensional than just l

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