The megastar invented her Lady Gaga persona in part as a way of coping with depression; here’s more:
#1. “I often felt lonely and depressed when I was growing up. It had nothing to do with my parents—it’s just my brain chemistry.”
#2 “As I grew older, I found a way to release myself from those darker thoughts through music. Music was my way of overcoming a lot of pain and anxiety. If you give yourself to your creativity and imagination, it can help you overcome almost anything and really enable you to feel free and powerful.”
#3 “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day,” she explained. “I just want these kids [her fans] to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal.”
#4 “I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go,” she explained in a Harper’s Bazaar interview in 2013. “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.”
#5 “I really felt like I was dying--my light completely out. 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.’ … I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”
#6 “It was extremely cathartic to know that not only am I not alone, but that other men and women aren’t alone – we all have each other,” she shared with Billboard.
#7 “I take medication every day for mental illness and depression and don’t feel bad about it,” she told The Mirror.
#8 “I’m here because … I see a lot of people who have secrets that are killing them,” she said during a panel discussion for the TimesTalks video series. “We don’t want you to keep your pain inside and let it rot like an old apple on your counter, you know? It’s like, just get rid of all that trash. Let’s get rid of it together.”
#9 “I invented myself, Lady Gaga—I curated my life to be an expression of my pain,” she explained in remarks at the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence in 2015. “This is how I overcame my depression, by creating someone that I felt was stronger than me. But nothing was able to fix how I was genetically made.
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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