Lady Gaga Discusses Battle With DEPRESSION
Published April 14th, 2014
Lady Gaga has gained staggering levels of fame for her tremendous voice and memorable look. Millions of fans around the world have come to love her music and flamboyant style, but they may not realize that - even with all her acclaim and success - she has struggled with bouts of debilitating depression, even quite recently.
At the end of 2013, Lady Gaga admitted in several interviews that she suffered from periods of depression. The 27-year-old entertainer said that she felt tired of constantly having to defend herself against the negative press and hurtful comments that were consistently being thrown her way. She said that she felt extremely sad that people she trusted and admired had lied to her to take advantage of her fame. Her fatigue combined with her sadness spiraled her into a period of depression.
Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Born in Yonkers, New York, she showed musical talent by the young age of four and wrote her first piano ballad at the age of thirteen. Although she was accepted into the Julliard School of Music, she chose instead to attend a private Catholic school near her home. As with many young performers, being thrust into fame's spotlight at an early age had a dramatic impact on her life, positively in some ways, but negatively in others.
Gaga said she was able to kick her depression by confronting herself in the mirror and urging herself to fight the slump. She toldHarper's Bazaar, "I really felt like I was dying -- my light completely went out." Although the struggle was difficult, she realized the importance of fighting - for her music, her fans and her family.
In recent 2014 interviews, Lady Gaga seemed to have an optimistic outlook about her past depression. She stated that she is better and has moved on, but also that she wants to turn her struggles with depression into a positive. She wants to help others who suffer from the same issues, urging them to fight their depression rather than succumb to it.