One of the most endearing qualities about Lady Gaga is her bravery when it comes to sharing personal elements of her life, no matter how big of a pop star she continues to become. The artist's latest reveal is that she struggles with PTSD, which she shared during a recent visit at Ali Forney Center, a New York City homeless shelter for LGBT youth.
Gaga came bearing gifts, hugs and smiles during her time at the shelter, which was part of the Today show and NBC Universal’s #ShareKindness campaign. "I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness. I suffer from PTSD. I've never told anyone that before, so here we are," she said in the segment. "But the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors—as well as my family and my friends—it's really saved my life."
The singer continued:
"I love to give things to people that have nothing or less than me. These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors; they've been rejected in some kind of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others."
To the LGBTQ's @AliForneyCenter thank you for sharing your stories, trauma & pain with me & the world today. Your kindness is contagious. ❤️— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) December 5, 2016
During the visit, Gaga also sang Nat King Cole’s "Smile" a cappella and brought out her trusty acoustic guitar to perform Joanne cut "Million Reasons." She and Today created a playlist as part of the #ShareKindness campaign, which includes "Born This Way," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Mariah Carey's "Hero" and more. Stream it via Apple Music:
Next up, watch a 2014 SXSW interview with Lady Gaga discussing staying true to herself as an artist and realizing there’s “no formula” for creating her music: