Lady Gaga Talks Depression + Fashion in Harper’s Bazaar
Lady Gaga covers the March 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar looking fabulous and fashion-forward as always. Her outfit makes a statement, but it’s what she discusses in her feature that has us totally enraptured.
She made some major reveals about fashion – one of her favorite topics — and the depression that marked her 2013. She was super open and endearing.
Her favorite look ever: Audrey Hepburn at the derby in ‘My Fair Lady.’ She said, “The giant white hat with flower detail and bonnet, a mermaid lace gown with a giant bow, and a walking stick. I’ve loved that since I was little. I’ll design something like that one day.” We’re sure it will be Gagafied.
Going to space: She is going to be out of this world, literally, and she’s not taking it lightly. “I honestly can’t wait,” Gaga said. “I can’t wait to design the performance. I’m auctioning off my second seat [on a Virgin Galactic flight] to raise money for the Born This Way Foundation. I want to make a moment that is about much more than me. Performing in space is such an honor. I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond.”
Crying is part of the creative process: When asked about the last time she shed a tear, she said, “Yesterday. I’m creative. I’m always a laugh away from a tear.” That’s the best kind of artist.
How she worked through her depression: Monsters and Gaga fans, this is where she goes so deep that she hits marrow. You will want to hug her after reading her comments. “I became very depressed at the end of 2013,” she recalled. “I was exhausted fighting people off. I couldn’t even feel my own heartbeat. I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore. I didn’t feel like standing up for myself one more time — to one more person who lied to me. But January 1, I woke up, started crying again, and I looked in the mirror and said, “I know you don’t want to fight. I know you think you can’t, but you’ve done this before. I know it hurts, but you won’t survive this depression.
“I really felt like I was dying—my light completely out. I said to myself, “Whatever is left in there, even just one light molecule, you will find it and make it multiply. You have to for you. You have to for your music. You have to for your fans and your family.” Depression doesn’t take away your talents — it just makes them harder to find. But I always find it. I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”
She is such an inspiration.