She said she didn’t want to get into the details of her love life, as it tends to overshadow other comments:
“Of course, I love my relationship, but that is one part of me, and I don’t want any part of what I do to be diminished.”
However, she did confirm, on the record, that the two are going strong!
But on to the things Katy wants to talk about — namely her spiritual and mental health.
Speaking on her relationship with religion, Katy, whose parents were both Pentecostal pastors, shared:
“My mom has prayed for me my entire life, hoping I’d come back to God. I never left Him, I was just a little bit secular, I was more materialistic and more career-driven. But now that I’m in my 30s, it’s more about spirituality and heart wholeness.”
How does she achieve these?
In January, Katy attended a week-long personal growth program at the Hoffman Institute, which purportedly “helps participants identify negative behaviors, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood.”
“For years, my friends would go and come back completely rejuvenated, and I wanted to go, too. I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self. I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to… which broke my heart.”
Dang, we knew Witness wasn’t the biggest hit, but it really made her that depressed?
“Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: â€˜Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating ‘blankie’. Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself. That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.”
So, how exactly does this program work? Katy compares it to a computer reboot:
“I believe that, essentially and metaphorically, we are all computers, and sometimes we adopt these viruses via our parents or via the nurture that we are given or not given growing up. They start to play out in our behavior, in our adult patterns, in our relationships.”
She believes in the Hoffman program so much she even recommends it to other stars:
“I recommend it to everyone, my good friends and other artists who are looking for a breakthrough. There are a lot of people who are self-medicating through validation in audiences, through substances, through continually running away from their realities â€“ denial, withdrawal. I did that for a long, long time too.”
And no, Katy isn’t worried being happy will ruin her artistic output:
“I was with someone recently who asked: â€˜Well, don’t you think that if you do too much therapy it will take away your artistic process?’ And I told them: â€˜The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.'”
It’s an interesting point. After all, many artists of all kinds — actors, musicians, visual artists — do seem perfectly content while making content.
Is being a tortured artist just a bad habit? Hmm…
We don’t know that we’re sold on this program, but we’re certainly glad Katy is feeling better!
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