Katy Perry has opened up about her battle with mental health demons.
The 'Firework' singer has been livestreaming herself on YouTube all weekend to celebrate the release of her new album, Witness.
On Friday night (local time) during a therapy session with celebrity psychologist Dr Siri Sat Nam Singh, Perry talked about her struggles with alcoholism, suicidal thoughts and her relationship with her parents.
"I wrote a song about it," she said. "I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed."
She also spoke honestly about the pressures of being in the public eye.
"People talk about my hair, right, and they don't like it, or they wish that it was longer. I so badly want to be Katheryn Hudson that I don't even want to look like Katy Perry anymore sometimes, and that is a little bit of why I cut my hair," she said. "I'm a bit more nerdy than everybody thinks I am, I'm a big goofball. The fantasy of Katheryn went into Katy and made this bigger-than-life personality."
Fans took to Twitter to express their support and admiration for her honesty.
If you need help dealing with depression or a difficult time in your life, call Lifeline Aotearoa on 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).