The Prince and the Pop Star Lady Gaga On Mental Illness

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Britain’s Prince William and American icon Lady Gaga have come together to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health issues in a video released on Tuesday. It was a FaceTime call and the pair posted the video on Facebook to urge people to break the stigma surrounding mental health. 

The pop star joined the Duke of Cambridge’s Heads Together, a campaign he leads alongside Prince Harry and Duchess to raise awareness on mental illness.

“There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something it’s wrong with you,” Lady Gaga said from her kitchen in Los Angeles.

“It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it’s the same as physical health,” the Duke of Cambridge told popstar from Kensington Palace in London. “It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only going to lead to more problems down the line,” he added.

The video, posted on the Royal Family’s Facebook page, is the newest film in the #oktosay series, which shows people from all walks of life discussing their own mental health challenges.
“I should be so happy, but you can’t help it when 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’t barely think,” she told 34-year-old Prince William.
“It’s time that everyone’s(sic)speaks up,” he told Lady Gaga. “Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can make such a difference.”
The royal asked asked Lady Gaga to join forces following the open letter she released through her Born This Way Foundation to express she has lived with PTSD after she was sexually assaulted at the mere age of 19.

The pair have decided to work together and focus on the youth. They have made plans to meet in October in the UK. Ironically, the release of the video comes just days after Prince Harry revealed that he sought help to deal with the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana.

The video has been watched over 500,000 times within hours of its release.

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