Lady Gaga and Prince William have a chat Image: Twitter
Prince William recently had a FaceTime chat with Lady Gaga about the stigma associated with mental health issues. Gaga, who opened up about her mental struggles in an open letter last year, was praised by William for her honesty, and the two discussed the taboos surrounding mental health, the world over.
"I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings," William said in the video, which is shot at his desk at Kensington Palace. "It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only going to lead to more problems down the line," added the 32-year-old heir to the British throne.
"There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something is wrong with you and in my life, I go, ‘Oh my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have," said Gaga, who addressed her post traumatic stress disorder last year. "And I should be so happy but you can’t help it if you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety. But it was like saying, ‘This is a part of me and that’s ok,'" added the Joanne singer, who made the FaceTime call from her kitchen.
"Harry, Katherine and I really felt this was such an important area that throughout all of our charitable work whether it was veterans, homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health awareness," said William, whose Heads Together campaign works towards raising awareness about mental health. Prince Harry, too, recently spoke about the tremendous anxiety he went through after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
"We have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues so that people feel that they can come forward," Gaga told the Prince in the video, which was first released by the official Twitter account of the Kensington Palace, amrking the British royalty's active role in fighting mental health taboos in Britain.