Katy Perry reveals past suicidal thoughts in emotional live streamed therapy session


Katy Perry is sharing everything with her fans.

The 32-year-old singer opened up about past suicidal thoughts during a live streamed therapy session to promote her new album, Witness, on Friday.

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During a meeting with Siri Sat Nam Singh, a licensed therapist who appears on Viceland's The Therapist, Perry revealed that her 2013 song, "By the Grace of God," was inspired by her former thoughts of suicide.

"I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed," she said, adding that the song was written "because I do believe in something much bigger than me and I call that god for me."

"You can be right or you can be loved," she added. "I just want to be loved."

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The singer, whose real name is Katheryn Hudson, also opened up about her struggle to maintain her private and public image.

"People talk about my hair, right, and they don't like it, or they wish that it was longer," she said. "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."

"I'm a bit more nerdy than everybody thinks I am," she added. "I'm a big goofball. The fantasy of Katheryn went into Katy and made this bigger than life personality."

Perry then revealed that she just recently "learned how to hug."

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"I always thought it was like, you know, too intimate, like a sexual thing," she shared. "Like, a hug is a sexual thing -- someone's gonna feel my boobs or something like that. And I didn't realize that that's not everybody's intention. It's just a hug. It's just to like, connect. So I just learned that."

The "Swish Swish" singer also recently talked about her infamous feud with Taylor Swift. See more in the video above.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 06: Katy Perry attends Caroline De Maigret and Pharrell Williams dinner in celebration of CHANEL's Gabrielle Bag at Giorgio Baldi on April 6, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for CHANEL)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Katy Perry celebrates Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum at RED Studios Hollywood on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Katy Perry attends the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Katy Perry attends the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Katy Perry attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Katy Perry attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singer Katy Perry performs onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Musician Katy Perry performs onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 26: Katy Perry (R) and Derek Blasberg (L) pose as they arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, Los Angeles on February 26, 2017. (Photo by Philip Rock/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 22: Katy Perry attends the Universal Music BRIT Awards After-Party 2017 hosted by Soho House and BACARDI Rum at 180 The Strand, on February 23, 2017 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jules Annan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Jules Annan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry attend (R) the Universal Music BRIT Awards After-Party 2017 hosted by Soho House and BACARD�at 180 The Strand on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Universal, Soho House & Bacardi Rum )
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Katy Perry attends The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (L) Katy Perry and Skip Marley perform on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Katy Perry seen at BBC Radio One on February 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Katy Perry attends at the Christopher Kane show during the London Fashion Week February 2017 collections on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Katy Perry seen at Christopher Kane at Tate Britain on Day 4 of London Fashion Week February 2017 on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Singer-songwriter Katy Perry is seen arriving at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2017 Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 12: Katy Perry performs during THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 12 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer-songwriter Katy Perry arrives at the Universal Music Group's 2017 GRAMMY After Party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Katy Perry attends the Universal Music Group's 2017 GRAMMY After Party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Katy Perry attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Office Christmas Party' at Regency Village Theatre on December 7, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston attend the Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Office Christmas Party' at Regency Village Theatre on December 7, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Katy Perry and Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo pose backstage at the hit musical 'The Color Purple' on Broadway at The Jacobs Theatre on November 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Cindi Jaliher, Katy Perry (C), and Carol Edwards attend the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for UNICEF )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Singer Katy Perry attends the 12th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Katy Perry attends the 12th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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