Lady Gaga and Prince William may be an unlikely pair but they make a powerful one, especially as partners in educating people about mental health. [Scroll down to watch video]
The second heir to the British throne and Mother Monster had a FaceTime conversation earlier this week to discuss the challenges that come with mental heal problems. Lady Gaga, who’s an outspoken advocate against mental illness stigma, discussed with Prince William, her experiences of anxiety and depression.
“I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings,” Prince William told the singer. He then asked her how it felt to share her personal thoughts and struggles with anxiety to her fans.
“It made me very nervous at first. For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going onstage is something that is very hard to describe,” the songstress said. “There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you.”
Gaga said despite all the wonderful things in her life, there were days when she felt miserable.
“In my life I go, ‘Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have,’ and I should be so happy,” she said. “But you can’t help it if in the morning when you wake up you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think. But, it was like saying this is a part of me, and that’s okay.”
“It’s okay to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation. You won’t be judged. It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line,” Prince William said. “Mental health is the same as physical health. Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it.”
The FaceTime conversation was part of Prince William’s Heads Together campaign, which he, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince Harry spearheaded. The campaign aims to fight the stigma and stereotypes that come with mental illness.
Gaga has had the same advocacy since the 2011, the year when her Born This Way Foundation mental wellness group started.
“We’re not hiding anymore. We’re starting to talk,” Gaga said. “If you’re feeling not well in your mind, you’re not alone.”
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