Lady Gaga is probably best known for one of three things: her incredibly “out-there” style (need I remind you of the “meat dress” she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?), her bold vocals and, easily enough, her name.
On Sunday, she graced us with one of the greatest halftime performances this country has seen in a while, and she did it with whole-hearted class, grace and dignity.
But before she was swooping in from the roof of NRG Stadium, and giving us all the feels with her shout out to mom and dad, Gaga made a quiet trip to visit homeless and displaced youth in New York City.
Lady Gaga proved she’s just like the rest of us in a recent visit to the Ali Forney Center in New York City. It was during her time there that the 30-year-old songstress opened up about her long history with mental illness.
She shared one of her “deepest secrets” with the homeless kids who call the shelter home.
“I have a mental illness and I struggle with that mental illness every day. My own trauma in my own life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
Gaga has opened up before about being raped at 19 years old. It took her seven years to tell anyone about the experience, but once she did, she became an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault and violence. Although, the ramifications have caused her mental health to suffer.