Gaga ooh-la-la! Lady Gaga and Prince William have teamed up to fight the stigma on mental health. The duo joined forces for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s Heads Together campaign’s #OKtosay film series. Kensington Palace shared the video, which strives to encourage more people to have an open conversation about mental health, on Tuesday, April 18. In the short film, the Hollywood-based star, who revealed last year that she suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, FaceTimed the Queen’s grandson in London. William spoke of his family’s work with mental health telling Lady Gaga, ”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 continued, ”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."
The singer and Prince chatted about mental health Photo: KensingtonPalace
The Duke then asked the American singer how she felt after going public with her struggles. "It made me very nervous at first, for me waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like there is something wrong with you,” she admitted. "In my life I go 'oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have and I should be so happy,’ but you can't help it if in the morning when you wake up you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think, but it was like saying, this is a part of me and that's okay."
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Prince George’s father praised the Born This Way singer for opening up about her battle and noted what a positive effect discussing it had on her. "It's OK to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation. And that you won't be judged," William told Gaga. "It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line." The Duke added ”It's time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it's the same as physical health. Everybody has mental health and we shouldn't be ashamed of it and just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference."
Kate Middleton’s husband invited the singer to meet with him in the UK this October to continue their discussion and get their “heads together” to see what else they can do to tackle the stigma on mental health. Gaga said, “We have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalize mental health issues."
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