Lady Gaga shares how telling her story is saving her life

By mbrooks on November 6, 2019
FILE – Singer Lady Gaga attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga reveals personal details about her struggles in an interview with Elle magazine.

She says she has battled with mental health issues.

She also suffers from chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

Despite the sensitive nature of her struggles, she is determined to be open about them.

Gaga says it is “an important thing for people to know and hear.”

She reveals that for an extended period of time she committed self-harm.

Gaga came to the realization that she hurt herself as a substitute for reaching out for help.

“[T]he only way that I was able to stop … myself was to realize that what I was doing was trying to show people that I was in pain instead of telling them and asking for help,” she says in the interview.

Telling her story was part of the process for Gaga.

“When I realized that telling someone, ‘Hey, I am having an urge to hurt myself,’ that defused it. I then had someone next to me saying, ‘You don’t have to show me. Just tell me: What are you feeling right now?’ And then I could just tell my story,” she tells Elle.

“I say that with a lot of humility and strength; I’m very grateful that I don’t do it anymore, and I wish to not glamorize it,”

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“I would also beckon to anyone to try, when they feel ready, to ask for help. And I would beckon to others that if they see someone suffering, to approach them and say, ‘Hey, I see you. I see that you’re suffering, and I’m here. Tell me your story,’” Gaga says.

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