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Lady Gaga has opened up about her lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety.
In a recent interview with Billboard, the artist discussed her experience with mental illness saying, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day.”
Inspired by her own experiences and the stories of fans like Jamey Rodemeyer, a bullied teenager who committed suicide in 2011, Gaga created her own non-profit organization in 2012. The Born This Way foundation was Gaga’s way of showing that troubled teens aren’t alone.
“Depression and anxiety really link them. There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated.”
Speaking about the foundation, Gaga said, “I felt I had to do something that would remind kids they’re not alone. When they feel isolated, that’s when it leads to suicide.”
Lady Gaga’s recent single “Till It Happens to You” draws on the sexual assault she suffered in her teens.
“The vocals on that record, I’m just crying the whole time,” she said, recalling the few times she broke down while recording.
“We don’t have to be victims,” she went on. “If we share our stories and stick together, we’re stronger.”
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. and is getting more attention lately as more people are talking about it.
Cara Delevingne also opened up about her battle with depression last week. While speaking at the Women in the World summit in London the former model spoke about her struggle and how she worked towards recovering.
And Demi Lovato met with legislatures at the “Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health” initiative in Washington, D.C. on October 6.
“We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously,” she said.