Before Lady Gaga was known as ‘Mother Monster’, the down-to-earth singer grew up like any other. Her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, spoke to CBS this morning this morning to talk about Gaga’s childhood struggle.
Bullying and how it affects mental health make parents feel helpless. Read on to find out what you can do now to help your children, according to Germanotta.
Lady Gaga uses her platform for good
Stefani Germanotta – Lady Gaga – not only sings about her experiences, but she also uses her fame forever. In 2011, she and Germanotta founded the Born This Way Foundation.
The website says the foundation “is committed to the well-being of young people and enables them to create a friendlier and braver world.”
It goes on: “To achieve these goals, the Born This Way Foundation uses evidence-based programming and authentic partnerships to work with young people to create friendlier communities and to improve mental health resources.”
According to USA Today, Gaga’s mission is to encourage everyone to “share our stories so that global mental health no longer stays in the dark and celebrates”.
She added later: “we must bring mental health to the light,” that is exactly what her foundation is set up to do.
The Grammy and Oscar-winning singer and songwriter is passionate about bringing change to the community of mental health awareness. A person who stands behind Gaga is the woman who witnessed Gaga’s own struggle – Germanotta.
There’s one thing parents can do for their kids right now, according to Lady Gaga’s mom
Germanotta states in the video that Gaga “has gone through some difficult times.” She explains that she “saw the turn happen” in high school and said that Gaga was transforming from “a very happy and ambitious young girl into someone who questioned her herself – well worth doubting herself and then seeing we bend. “
She admitted how difficult parenting Gaga was and said she felt unprepared.
“When I was growing up, the times were different. The way we would deal with things is what I have learned, and that is what I have resorted to. I trusted to get a grip, “she said. “I relied on the generational grain of just sucking up and continuing.”
Because so many children feel what Gaga felt at school, Germanotta has advice for parents with children who have similar experiences. She encourages parents to be open about their own mental health to allow communication to take place, making children feel safe enough to share what they are going through.
“The most important thing they can do is really listen and understand. What I learned from my daughter is listening and confirming her feelings, “she said.
She continued: “I think that as parents, our natural instinct is to go into problem-solving mode … while they actually just want us to take them seriously and understand what they are saying.”
Germanotta and Gaga want people to know that they don’t have to do this alone.
“We all have mental health, but we as individuals in society don’t always treat it like physical health … it’s just that important,” she said.
“It is really an example for people who listen. I think the power of telling stories is so important. It helps when people realize that they are not alone. “
What is Lady Gaga working on next?
The Born This Way Foundation plans to “expand their evidence-based program” to reach more than 20 high schools, enabling young people to support each other in times of need or crisis. “
That aside, Gaga’s Las Vega Residency goes strong – even after her dramatic fall off the stage. She finished that show in real mother-monster form and returned to the stage a week later to prove why Gaga is an inspiration to many.