Prince William and Lady Gaga recently FaceTimed to help promote mental health awareness!
Reportedly, the Duke of Cambridge reached out to Gag first after she opened up about her PTSD back in December. In the intimate conversation between the two last week, William admitted to the singer that this topic was important to not only him, but to his brother, Prince Harry, and wife Duchess Kate Middleton. “Harry, Catherine and I really felt this was such an important area that throughout all our charitable work, whether it was the veterans, homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health issues,” he says. “I read your open letter you wrote the other day, and I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings.”
William went on to ask Gaga what it was like for her to go public with her battle with PTSD. She admitted being “”very nervous,” but wanted to be real with her fans about that side of her.
“For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going onstage is something that is very hard to describe. There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you,” she replied in the video. “In my life, I go, ‘Oh, my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy.’ But you can’t help it if in the morning, when you wake up, you’re so tired, you’re so sad.”
Check out more of their exchange below!
Watch live the World Premiere of a new Heads Together video featuring Prince William and Lady Gaga encouraging all of us to speak more openly about mental health. The pair discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #Oktosay banner. Having conversations about mental health is vital to shattering the stigma that still surrounds these issues. In 2016 Lady Gaga released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked Lady Gaga to get involved with the Heads Together campaign.
Posted by The Royal Family on Monday, April 17, 2017
The prince went on to invite Gaga to visit him in October to work on his, Harry and Kate’s charity, Heads Together, which works tirelessly to fight the stigma about mental health issues. “It’s OK to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won’t be judged,” William said. “It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line.”
AGREED! Many are afraid to discuss their issues, or feel like, in some crazy way, that mental health struggles make them weak and that they should keep everything inside and try to deal with it on their own. I’m so glad that the prince and Lady Gaga made time to talk about this, and they’re being open about their own experiences. The conversation definitely needs to keep going. Can’t wait to see what ideas Gaga and the royals come up with in the fall!