Lady Gaga on struggle with depression and anxiety

The pop star reveals her emotional struggles that have plagued her entire life.

Lady Gaga has launched her Born This Way Foundation to reach out to young people in America, suffering from depression and anxiety.

Appearing on the cover of Billboard Magazine alongside Elton John, the 27-year-old opened up about her own struggles with mental illness.

"I've suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life," Gaga shared with the publication. "I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that the depth they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way."


The Born This Way singer also hit back at social media.

"This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? It's not human," the singer said. "Depression and anxiety really link them."

Gaga also made note of the fact that hardly anyone these days socialises in person.

"There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated," Gaga shared. "They read all of this extremely hateful language on the internet. The internet is a toilet. It is. It used to be a fantastic resource - but you have to sort through sh** to find the good stuff."

The singer wants to now use her status to make a change.

"These kids just want to feel human, but they feel like robots," she said. "They don't understand why they're so sad. There a scientific reasons, which the foundation researches, why you feel sad when you look at your phone all day."

Lady Gaga also heaped praise on her longtime friend and cover co-star, Elton John.

"He inspires me in ways I could not even begin to list properly," she said. "He is my friend, he is like a parent. He looks out for me, he was there for me during the hardest times in my life."

She also made note of how the singer helps pick her up when she's feeling down. 

"He doesn't allow me to slip into depression without making sure that I'm OK. Everything he has done for AIDS, everything he has done for the LGBT community. He's just everything - when I'm with him, I just want to help be a part of his genius plan to save the world."

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