Lady Gag’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, has recently revealed her superstar daughter’s struggles with mental health, which started when she was very young.
Germanotta told co-host Sheinelle Jones on the Today show’s digital series “Through Mom’s Eyes” about the difficulties of raising a teenage daughter who has depression starting at a very young age. She also revealed that young Gaga had to deal with severe bullying while she was in school.
The 65-year-old said, “In middle school, because she was unique, she started experiencing a lot of struggles. You know, feeling isolated from events. Humiliated. Taunted. And she would start to question herself and become doubtful of her own abilities. And that’s when she developed depression.”
Germanotta admitted that she and her husband, Joe, did their best to help young Gaga cope with her mental health struggles.
She said, “I felt where I made mistakes as I didn’t really know the warning signs to look for.”
Lady Gaga and her mother started the “Born This Way Foundation” to help young people to conquer and control their mental health struggles.
The 33-year-old singer has always been open about her mental health issues and PTSD. She has also been vocal about being a survivor of sexual assault and having suicidal thoughts.
Last year, Gaga said, “I wish there had been a system in place to protect and guide me. A system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do.”
“A system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic working environments or working with people that were of seriously questionable character. There were days I struggled or couldn’t make it to work, and I don’t want that for other artists, or for anyone,” Gaga added.