Watch out, Duchess Kate, you have some competition. We kid, but Prince William did have quite the friendly chat with Lady Gaga, that they both shared on their respective Twitter feeds. The two took to FaceTime to tackle a subject they’re equally passionate about: mental health awareness. And what better way organization to bring them together than Heads Together?
Will, Kate and Prince Harry have been working hard on their mental health campaign and the royals just hit us with a one-two punch, first with Harry’s groundbreaking interview detailing the state he was in after his mother’s death and how he dealt with it, and now this video featuring Will and Gaga (sadly, no dad dancing).
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After exchanging pleasantries, they got down to the nitty-gritty, with the Duke of Cambridge telling the singer that he found the open letter she posted about her PTSD “incredibly moving,” calling her “brave” for writing down something so personal. But what he really wanted to hear was how she felt speaking out about it.
“There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness,” she admits. “You feel like something’s wrong with you. And in my life you go look at all these beautiful and wonderful things that I have and I should be so happy. But you can’t help it if that in the morning 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 she finally had enough. “It was like saying: ‘This is a part of me and that’s ok’ I feel like we are not hiding anymore.”
Prince William agreed, telling Gaga, “It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical health. Everybody has mental health. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it.”
William then invited Gaga to meet with him (ahem, and presumably Kate and Harry) when she comes to London in October, and she was more than happy to oblige.
This video is just so great. While Heads Together has scored a lot of celeb support in the U.K., someone of Gaga’s magnitude is quite a coup. And in spite of her level of fame, the fact that she’s been so open about her mental health battle makes her someone we can relate to.
Well done to both Gaga and Will for their continued efforts to conquer the stigma surrounding mental health, for helping people to realize it’s OK to talk about whatever they’re going through and, when they’re ready, ask for help.