Lady Gaga is probably best known for one of three things: her incredibly “out-there” style (may I remind you of the “meat dress” she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?), her bold vocals and, easily enough, her name.
Underneath the talent, crazy outfits and catchy show name, Lady Gaga is proving she’s just like the rest of us. In a recent visit to the Ali Forney Center in New York City, the 32-year-old songstress opened up about her long history with mental illness.
She shared one of her “deepest secrets” with the homeless kids who call the shelter home.
“I have a mental illness and I struggle with that mental illness every day. My own trauma in my own life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
Gaga has opened up before about being raped at 19 years old. It took her seven years to tell anyone about the experience, but once she did, she became an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault and violence. Although, the ramifications have caused her mental health to suffer.
“I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before. So here we are.”
It’s no secret that Gaga’s own trauma is the fuel behind some of her greatest hits. Her Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You” details the harrowing experience of what it’s like to be sexually assaulted.
Gaga says it’s the kindness she’s been shown by others that helped her through some of her darkest days.
“The kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”
This comes after the singer recently admitted that fame doesn’t make people happy. She hopes her new album will remind people of what’s really important.
“In the richest homes I meet the saddest and most depressed people. With this album I wanted to remind the whole world and my fans that the most important things are love and kindness. Kindness is what will create harmony, not celebrity and not fame. Money has been put on a pedestal, beauty has been put on a pedestal, celebrity has been put on a pedestal. I have traveled the world and seen the happiest people in the poorest parts of the world.”