Lady Gaga is a celebrity who has always been pretty public about her personal struggles to let her fans know that whatever they’re going through, they don’t do it alone. Even in her music, she often reiterates her love for everyone–especially fans–regardless of who they are. At her concert last night in Toronto, Gaga received a letter from a fan to show that all the work she does really pays off.
The letter was passed up to Gaga while she was on stage and was from a 17-year-old fan named Dani who has ‘been a monster since [she] was nine.’
‘I wanted to thank you for all the strength you’ve given me to grow into the young woman I am today,’ Gaga read, ‘I went through so much bullying and harassment and watching my mother go through an alcohol addiction as well as PTSD. She passed away this past January. Gaga, you kept me strong through that hard time. Whenever I was having a hard day or felt like I was going to have a nervous breakdown, I would listen to your music and instantly feel better.’
Durante o show de hoje, Lady Gaga leu a carta emocionante de uma fã e desceu do palco para abraçá-la 😍💘 pic.twitter.com/ahYZj94Tke
— RDT Lady Gaga (@RDTLadyGaga) September 8, 2017
Gaga has been a huge advocate for the trans community and is somewhat of an icon among them. She has also written and spoken openly about her own struggle with PTSD. She also shared her story of being sexually assaulted as a teen and wrote the song ‘Til it Happens to You‘ for Diane Warren’s documentary, The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses.
‘You have inspired me so much over the years in countless ways and given me the courage and confidence to be true to myself and my identity and who I am,’ the letter continued, ‘I really just want to thank you, thank you for being you and being the inspiration you are to me and so many others.’
Gaga was able to locate Dani in the front row of the crowd, thanks to a physical description at the end of the letter. The star hopped down from the stage and gave the super-fan a long hug to thunderous applause.
In a press conference the next day, Gaga addressed the letter and how much hearing stories like that means to her.
‘I’m saddened on the one had to say how many letters like that I get from kids who are in pain, who are going through difficult life experiences,’ she said, ‘And yet, I’m so grateful that I get to have that very close, intimate relationship with them, even on stage where there’s 15,000 or 40,000 people watching.’ She was also asked what she had to say to Dani.
‘Struggling in a family with addiction or loss or grief or mental health issues, anxiety, these are serious things,’ she said, ‘It’s really good to reach out and it’s really good to tell your story. I would just thank her today for sharing that story with me and letting me read it to the whole room so that they could be inspired by her strength.
‘That letter from Dani, that’s exactly why I do what I do,’ she continued, ‘If I had to put it in one moment, it would be the one that you saw last night.’