The singer and prince have joined forces to discuss how creating conversations about mental health is key to breaking the stigma surrounding these issues.
Taking part in a video call, the unlikely duo spoke on FaceTime as part of a campaign to combat the stigma surrounding mental health problems. The campaign, Heads Together — is a charity set up by William, Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate.
The pair spoke from their homes in Los Angeles and London, with Gaga stating that people suffering from mental illnesses were “not hiding anymore.”
Lady Gaga has been open about her battle with PTSD, and set up her own non-for-profit organisation, the Born This Way Foundation, which aims to combat bullying and empower youth groups that have faced discrimination.
She explains: “In my life I go, ‘Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful wonderful things that I have, I should be so happy,’
…but you can’t help it if you wake up in the morning and you are so tired and you are so sad and you are so full of anxiety that you can barely think,”
“Even though it was hard, it was the best thing that could come out of my mental illness was to share it with other people and let our generation as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind, you are not alone,” she told Prince William.
“We have to make the strongest most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues, so people feel they can come forward.”
Prince William invited the singer to participate after he read an open letter she wrote, revealing that she was sexually abused at nineteen.
The Duke responded to Gaga: “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,”
He concluded, “For me, the little bits that I’ve learnt so far is that it’s really important to have this conversation. You won’t be judged.”
The video release comes after Prince Harry recently opened up about his own emotional struggles since his mother’s death nearly twenty years ago.
Watch the full video below:
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 18, 2017