GOD, I love Gaga. She’s truly good, and tries to *do* good by using her platform in a positive way.
As you know, she has her “Born This Way” Foundation.
She spoke of her foundation’s mission at a fundraiser on Sunday.
She said “We bring people together to have real, honest conversations and to be kind. Kindness is not an afterthought to our work. It is the driving power for everything we do….To me, almost every problem you can think of can be solved with kindness.”
She also opened up about her OWN struggles:
“I can’t remain silent any longer. The passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has made me want to speak up about my mental illness. I have been experiencing suicidal ideation and cyclical obsessive suicidal thoughts for the past four years. At first, I thought I was alone and a bad person, but once I was brave enough to tell my friends and family—could they just think I was looking for attention? Would I be immediately hospitalized against my will? I was able to be honest with my psychiatrist. The honesty was met with genuine love and concern and loads of support from my mental health team. I began to meet others like me.I know I am lucky to have support like this, but there is so much help out there if you have the courage to be honest with yourself and others about what you are going through. I have struggled for a long time, both being public and not public about my mental health issues or my mental illness. But, I truly believe that secrets keep you sick.”
I am so thankful that Lady Gaga has decided to open up about her own struggles–in hopes that she could transform the lives of others. As someone who personally works with teens, I know that we do what we do– praying that we can help even ONE person. With the giant platform she has been given, and her thoughtfulness when approaching it, I am certain she will have *SUCH* an impact.
Thanks, Gaga <3