Lady Gaga Gets Real About Her Eating Disorder, Depression & Rising Above It All

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In an interview with Harpers Bazaar magazine, the eponymous Lady Gaga opens up about herself and reflects on 2013. It was a tumultuous year for her professionally because of the divided opinion on her new album Artpop. She goes into depth about how it has taken a number of years for her to rid herself of people around her who try and take advantage of her money and her loyalty. It has taken a toll on Gaga, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but she says everything she does is about her art and her fans, both of which she is fiercely passionate about.

Sure she is an extremely polarizing figure in pop culture, but what we love most about her is that she doesn’t hold back when talking about her real issues. She would much rather be vulnerable and talk about her struggles in the hope that it will help even one person, as opposed to trying to appear perfect on the surface at all times.

Lady Gaga says being famous has changed her, but in a positive way where she can take an honest look at herself.

“My experience with fame has been the opposite: “How can I stop this from changing me?” I mean I’m not broke anymore—that’s good! But today I’m more comfortable with being who I am. When I was younger, I felt pressure to become someone else once I became successful. But it’s the intention of the work that’s changed. I have fans now. I have a new purpose: to remind them that I am one of them, that we are one another. My consciousness has changed.”

That pressure to become someone we aren’t is unfortunately all too common, especially amongst women. We have it built into us that we aren’t good enough, and need to buy and spend to achieve optimum results. When in fact, the opposite is true. Changing ourselves for others only makes us more miserable.

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She goes on to say that those of us who sell ourselves out for the sake of money are only doing ourselves a disservice. She wants to be more like Oprah and Melinda Gates and give to others.

“Those who have watered down themselves for “sale” might make money now, but they are shortchanging their legend. I always think to myself, How do I want to be remembered? I don’t want to be remembered as anything but brave. The only good intention to make money is to help others. I want to be Oprah. I want to be Melinda Gates. If I ever sell products other than my talents, then it will be to give more to others.”

In the (fun) spirit of giving more, Lady Gaga is performing in Space and is auctioning off her second seat on the Virgin Galactic flight. The proceeds will go toward her Born This Way foundation.

Since February is National Eating Disorder Awareness month, it is probably fitting that Lady Gaga wanted to be honest about her past struggles with her eating disorder, saying it is something she has finally conquered. She has learned how to treat herself kindly, which includes learning to speak up and not allowing others to take advantage of her.

“I am better with food. I don’t have an eating disorder anymore. I’m also better at not letting people take advantage of me…I speak up now. I realized that it’s my own fault that people take advantage. I should be around people who cherish my talents, my health, my time. I’m not a pawn for anyone’s future business.”

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During 2013 she went through depression, which is probably hard to avoid being an artist in the public spotlight. While she doesn’t claim to be an expert, she knows there is a way forward and this was her remedy:

“I became very depressed at the end of 2013. I was exhausted fighting people off…I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore. I didn’t feel like standing up for myself one more time…”

“I said to myself, “Whatever is left in there, even just one light molecule, you will find it and make it multiply. You have to for you. You have to for your music. You have to for your fans and your family.” Depression doesn’t take away your talents—it just makes them harder to find. But I always find it. I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”

If there is one thing to take away from her interview is that no matter who rich or poor you are, we all have problems and that is what connects us as humans, beyond the barriers we create amongst ourselves. Sharing our solutions and being willing to open up is a powerful thing. It really is the best way we learn and become better people, more connected with a real sense of belonging to one another.

We’re just glad Lady Gaga was willing to be one of those people who does speak up for all those going through the same struggles.

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9 Comments

  1. You know Gaga is different, but I like her, because she seems genuine!! She cares about her fans and the message she is sending to them and she cares enough about herself to stay healthy. Bless her for finding that little spark of light to keep going.

  2. Pingback: Zoe Kravitz Talks Openly About Her Battle With Eating Disorders & Her Recovery

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