Lady Gaga is not shy about letting people know how she’s feeling. She stood up to the body shamers after her stunning Super Bowl performance in February and even has her own nonprofit organization, Born This Way, that encourages people to be kind to one another.
Gaga stepped it up a notch, though, when she FaceTimed Prince William of the United Kingdom. William is a well-known advocate for Heads Together, an organization that aims to raise awareness for people suffering from mental illness and eliminate the stigma that comes with it.
During their conversation, William referenced Gaga’s opening up about her PTSD in 2016, the first time she had gone public about it.
“It made me very nervous, at first,” explained Gaga. “Waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe.”
The FaceTime video, which shows Gaga in her L.A. kitchen and William in the royal palace spread across the Internet in less than a day.
“There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness — you feel like something’s wrong with you,” Gaga goes on to say. “In my life I go, ‘Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have,’ and I should be so happy, 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.”
William applauded Gaga for speaking out about her mental illness and described how important it is for those suffering to have conversations rather than stay quiet.
“It can make a huge difference,” Gaga agreed. “I feel like we are not hiding anymore, we’re starting to talk, and that’s what we need to do, really.”
Prince William has produced several videos with the Heads Together campaign featuring British celebrities and everyday folk who talk about their struggles with mental illness. They also created #OkToSay, encouraging people to be vocal about mental health.
At the end of their conversation, William suggested that he and Gaga meet up in October when she comes to the UK for her tour.
For more information about the great work of Heads Together, click here.