Lady Gaga has said she has suffered depression and anxiety her entire life and still suffers today.
In an interview with Billboard, the pop queen talked about her motivations for starting the Born This Way Foundation and how much she identifies with the vast numbers of her young fans who struggle with mental health.
“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I still suffer with it every single day,” Gaga said.
“I just want these kids to know that that depth they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way.
“This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.”
Gaga said many young people don’t know why they are depressed.
“These kids just want to feel human, but they feel like robots.
“They don’t understand why they’re so sad.
“There are scientific reasons, which the foundation researches, why you feel sad when you look at your phone all day.”
The Born This Way Foundation formed in 2011 aims to show disenfranchised teens that they are not alone by providing peer support and preventative initiatives.