Before Lady Gaga was known as “Mother Monster,” the down to earth singer grew up much like any other. Her mom, Cynthia Germanotta, spoke to CBS This Morning this week to talk about Gaga’s childhood struggles.
Bullying and how it affects mental health leave parents feeling helpless. Read on to find out what you can do right now to help your kids, according to Germanotta.
Lady Gaga uses her platform for good
Stefani Germanotta — Lady Gaga — not only sings about her experiences but she uses her fame for good. In 2011, she and Germanotta created the Born This Way Foundation.
The website says the foundation “is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.”
It continues: “To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages evidence-based programming and authentic partnerships in order to work with young people to build kinder communities and 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 resides and festers in the darkness.”
She later added, “we need to bring mental health into the light,” which 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 mental health awareness community. One person who stands behind Gaga is the woman who witnessed Gaga’s own struggles — 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 “went through a lot of difficult times.” She explains she “saw the turn” happen in middle school saying Gaga transformed from “a very happy and aspirational young girl to somebody that started to question her self-worth, to have doubts about herself and that is when we actually saw the turn.”
She admitted how difficult parenting Gaga was, saying she felt unprepared.
“When I was growing up, times were different. The way that we would deal with things is what I learned, and that’s what I resorted to … I relied on getting a grip,” she said. “I relied on the generational grit of just sucking it up and getting on with it.”
With so many kids feeling what Gaga felt in school, Germanotta has some advice for parents with kids going through similar experiences. She encourages parents to be open about their own mental health to keep communication flowing, which helps kids feel safe enough to share what they’re going through.
“The most important thing that they can do is really listen and understand. What I learned from my daughter is to listen and validate her feelings,” she said.
She continued: “I think as parents, our natural instinct is to go into problem-solving mode … when, in fact, they really just want us to take them seriously and understand what they’re saying.”
Germanotta and Gaga want people to know they don’t have to go through it alone.
“We all have mental health but we as individuals in society don’t always treat it as we do physical health… it’s just so important,” she said.
“It really sets an example for people that are listening. I think the power of storytelling is so important. It helps when people realize they’re not alone.”
What is Lady Gaga working on next?
The Born This Way Foundation is planning to “expand their evidence-based program “to reach more than 20 high schools, empowering young people to support each other in times of need or crisis.”
That aside, Gaga’s Las Vega Residency is going strong — even after her dramatic fall from the stage. In true Mother Monster form, she finished that show and returned to the stage a week later proving why Gaga is an inspiration to many.