Lady Gaga Reveals Tough Year, Struggles With Body Image
As consumers, we really can be so critical of artists without ever really thinking about the consequences of our actions. These celebrities can seem so “larger than life” that we don’t really stop to think about how all of the negative sides of fame can hurt them. In fact, some people have no sympathy for the rich and famous at all since they seem to have it all but, really, at the end of the day, they are still just regular human beings like the rest of us.
Lady Gaga, who seems so fierce and strong, recently posted two messages titled “A letter to my sweet fans” and “The past year was a challenge…I felt in chains at times” on her Littlemonsters.com site explaining the struggles she’s been facing.
She has had her share of problems from the fur controversy to the accusations that she ripped off Madonna’s “Express Yourself” with her song “Born This Way” of which she wrote: "There was also of course the incessant dragging of the most important single of my career in dead-beaten-horse-mud." Ouch.
On a professional level, she explained: “Whether is be the record label disagreeing with me on single choices, or directors who could only create an idea of 'gaga' or what i've 'done before' and not able to move forward."
And then on a more intimate level, she described: "Then there were all the personal moments. Betrayed by lifelong friends, mentors I've had for years suddenly taking advantage of me and a massive struggles [sic] with my body image ... I continue to be challenged with my body image. I've grown and left most of these things behind, the monsters of fame are very real."
It’s incredible to imagine that someone so loved, so mimicked and so revered could be dealing with such normal problems but she is and it’s refreshing to see a celebrity being so candid and open. It can’t be easy and, clearly, with her costume choices, she has to put herself out there, but she is showing that she tries every day which, perhaps, is the best example she can give her fans.
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