Lady Gaga used to have suicidal thoughts ‘every day’: ‘I hated being famous’ – Lady Gaga is one of the biggest superstars on the planet — but says her fame left her feeling “exhausted and used up,” paving the way for suicidal thoughts.
The Oscar winner, who also recently opened up to Billboard about her mental health, says she began to resent her pop star identity and public profile.
“This is the piano I’ve had for so many years. I’ve written so many songs on this piano,” she tells CBS’s Lee Cowan in the interview. “I don’t know how to explain it. But I went from looking at this piano, and thinking, ‘You ruined my life.’ During that time, I was like, ‘You made me Lady Gaga. My biggest enemy is Lady Gaga.’
“That’s what I was thinking: ‘My biggest enemy is her. What did you do? You can’t go to the grocery store now. If you go to dinner with your family, somebody comes to the table, you can’t have a dinner with your family without it being about you. It’s always about you. All the time it’s about you. And your outfits. Look at your outfits!’
“‘Why you gotta be like that?’” she’d ask her piano.
Though the last few years have seen her headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show, win an Oscar for Best Song and receive another nomination for Best Actress for her role in A Star is Born, and release the albums Joanne and 2020’s Chromatica, Gaga says her outward success masked the turmoil within.
“It’s not always easy, if you have mental issues, to let other people see,” she says. “I used to show. I used to self-harm. I used to say, ‘Look. I cut myself. See, I’m hurt,’ ’cause I didn’t think anyone could see. ‘Cause mental health, it’s invisible.
“The people around me, they lifted me up, and they said, ‘You think you’re drowning, but you’re not. You’re still amazing.’ And I used to go, ‘I’m not amazing. I’m over.'”
When asked by Cowan if she’d contemplated death by suicide during that dark time, she says, “Oh, yeah. Every day.”
She adds, “I lived in this house while people watched me for a couple years, to make sure that I was safe.”
Of those impulses, she says, “I didn’t really understand why I should live other than to be there for my family. That was an actual real thought and feeling: ‘Why should I stick around?’“
Gaga says she’s in a better place these days, but that mental anguish, coupled with fibromyalgia and PTSD from being sexually assaulted at age 19, continues to take a toll. In fact, her new single Chromatica includes the lyric “pop a 911” — which she calls a “reference to the medication that I have to take when I used to panic, because I’m Lady Gaga.”
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Lady Gaga used to have suicidal thoughts ‘every day’! Lady Gaga used to have suicidal thoughts ‘every day’