“When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all,” she admits. “It’s like I’m traumatized. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.”
Gaga hasn’t released any music since 2013, as she reveals that she was suffering from a period of crippling depression that left her “exhausted—like I was dying,” she says. Because of that, she took some much needed time off to deal with her mental health. “I needed a moment to stabilize,” says Gaga.
As the singer gears up to release a new album, she notes that she’s feeling good and is proud to be talking about her struggles publicly. “I take medication,” she says. “I’m not saying I feel good because of the medication—I wouldn’t encourage young people to take antidepressants or mood stabilizers.”
But she adds, “I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.” And cheers to Gaga for keeping it real. (The next round of probiotic-rich drinks are on us.)
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