We often hear celebrities are just like us, which can be difficult to relate to when we see their swanky cars and full blown glam teams.
However recent news about Lady Gaga reminds us that celebrities are humans too. Gaga opened up about her struggle with fibromyalgia, “a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.”
Hearing that you have an incurable diagnoses is enough to break anyone’s heart, let alone continue on in a career where millions of people watch your every move. Strong doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Due to her physical and mental struggles, the Joanne singer had to cancel portions of her world tour – posting this statement online:
I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.
On September 22, 2017 – Lady Gaga’s documentary, FIVE FOOT TWO, premieres on Netflix. In this documentary fans will see not only a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be the high profile star that Gaga is. They will also get an inside and honest look at her struggles with fibromyalgia and mental illness.