- By AC Remler
If you follow the life of Lady Gaga, you likely know that she was bullied relentlessly in her youth. She’s been candid about her traumatic experiences and the mental health issues she’s grappled with ever since. It makes sense, then, that the first of 51 contributed essays in the recent book from her Born This Way Foundation, Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community, is one she penned. Her story, which, among other heartbreaking incidents, includes the time her schoolmates dumped her into a trashcan, lays the groundwork for the book’s inspirational stories of everyday acts of kindness transforming lives.
Told by the diverse voices of young activists, the collection serves as a powerful reminder that a simple benevolent gesture toward another human being can be life-changing and activate entire communities to change for the better. Coinciding with her new album, Chromatica, released in May, this is clearly a very personal and meaningful project for the singer and her mother, Cynthia Bissett Germanotta with whom she co-founded the organization. Lady GaGa — born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — has said how difficult it was for her to open up about her own mental health problems with her mother in the past due in part to the stigma they encountered. These essays can perhaps help other families struggling to build healthy relationships but need empathy from others to find their way.
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