American pop star Katy Perry has revealed she considered suicide after her split from ex-husband Russell Brand.
Perry, 28, spoke candidly about her darkest days in an interview with Billboard magazine about her forthcoming album Prism, for which she drew inspiration from the divorce.
The pop princess explained the meaning behind the lyrics of her song 'By The Grace Of God' and admitted there was a time she asked herself if she should "continue living".
"That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point," she said.
"I asked myself, 'Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'"
Perry said she had found herself lying on the bathroom floor wondering if she could go on after Brand filed for divorce in December 2011.
The comedian reportedly sent a text telling Perry he wanted to end their marriage.
She appears to reference this incident in another of her songs.
The lyrics to 'Ghost' include the line: "You sent a text… It's like the wind changed your mind".
Perry told the magazine her songs were all based on real-life events.
She said her new boyfriend, musician John Mayer, had helped her get life back on track after her divorce.
"He is literally a genius, as is evident in his song writing," she said.
"I always tell him, 'Darling, you know I'm going to give your mind to science after you've passed, because we're going to have to understand how all these sparks work'."
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Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Fiona Willan