Sam Robeson - October 9, 2018
You know you've reached the upper echelon of stardom when your big scoop about leaving the music industry is revealed in the esteemed Footwear News. Actually, the fact that Katy Perry chose to divulge her supposed music departure to Footwear News - in a shameless tie-in for her Perry Shitty shoe label - is indicative of her overall problem. Perry is so much a manufactured product that her music only worked when it understood its role as a commodity. Her hypothetically introspective and woke af Witness era was a flop, because underneath her plastic-y exterior lies not a poetic feminist, but instead a credit card machine. And I think you know where to swipe.
Perry has made the tough decision to step away from music for a little while now that nobody in the world likes her or is willing to listen to anything she creates. It's the old "You can't fire me, I quit." Except, people want her to be on fire. Via FOOTWEAR NEWS!:
I’ve been on the road for like 10 years, so I’m just going to chill. I’m not going to go straight into making another record. I feel like I’ve done a lot. I feel like I’ve rung the bell of being a pop star very loudly, and I’m very grateful for that.
I didn’t really pay attention to anything besides my craft — which is great, and I love it. I love making music, I love writing. But I don’t feel like I’m a part of a game anymore; I just feel like I’m an artist. I don’t feel like I have to prove anything, which is a freeing feeling.
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.
I’ve done a lot of work lately in the past year on my mental health, on my spiritual and emotional side. Now I’ve been trying to find the balance and not overindulging, just trying to stay grounded. My sister lives right next door to me, and my family is not really fazed by anything. They’re proud of me, but they don’t put me on a pedestal — everybody is pretty normcore. My boyfriend is a great anchor. For some reason, I attract people who are really real and call me out on stuff when I’m being cuckoo.
Here's a fun game. Pick one sentence in there that doesn't give you situational depression. Go!
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