Lady Gaga recently revealed to concert-goers in London that she takes medication every day for depression and mental illness.
According to the Mirror, Gaga was performing her first of three London shows at the O2 Arena as part of her artRAVE: ArtPop Ball when she told the crowd about her struggles.
The revelation came about after the singer read an emotional letter from a fan who had attempted suicide, but later found comfort in her music. Gaga was so touched by the letter that she invited the fan on stage with her as she performed “Born This Way.”
After reading the letter, an emotional Lady Gaga told the crowd, “I take medication every day for mental illness and depression and don’t feel bad about it.”
The Inqusitr reported Gaga became disillusioned with the music industry, and said earlier this year that she was in a bad place and wasn’t sure if she wanted to sing anymore.
“I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead,” she said.
“I’m not going to say names, but people get irrational when it comes to money – with how they treat you, with what they expect from you… But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them.”
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in March of this year, Gaga talked about some of the reasons for her depression.
“I felt very taken advantage of by people I trusted,” she said. “I became very depressed at the end of 2013. I was exhausted fighting people off. I couldn’t even feel my own heartbeat.”
“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 — to one more person who lied to me.”
Gaga fought back, though, forcing herself to focus on the good things in her life and crediting working with Tony Bennett on their new album, “Cheek to Cheek,” for helping her through the bad times.
“I tell Tony every day that he saved my life,” she said. “He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice.”
“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.”
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