Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.
After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
Pregnant Katy Perry has revealed how her battle with clinical depression left her fearing for her life. The Hot 'N' Cold singer, 35, suffered from the mental health condition back in 2017 following the poor critical reception and commercial disaster of her fifth studio album, Witness.
Now in a new interview, as Katy expects her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom, she has reflected on this difficult period in her life and her use of medication to battle her mental illness.