Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Prince William and Lady Gaga join forces to shatter mental health stigma

Prince William and Lady Gaga join forces to shatter mental health stigma

When the Duke asked if she'd like to "get our heads together about how much more we can do to tackle this" while she's over in the United Kingdom touring later this year, Gaga responded enthusiastically.

"It's time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it's the same as physical health", he told her.

Britain's second in line to the throne, Prince William, and American superstar Lady Gaga have teamed up to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health issues in a video released Tuesday.

Fresh off the first of two Coachella headlining slots and about to shoot some A Star Is Born scenes on that same stage, Lady Gaga has still found the time to shine a light on an important message about mental health.

Harry admitted that the years of burying his emotions led to "two years of "total chaos" in his 20s and, with the support of his brother, Prince William, he made a decision to seek professional help when he was 28".

"In my life I go, 'Oh my goodness, look at all these attractive wonderful things that I have and I should be so happy!' Gaga said".

Responding to his comments, Mrs May said: 'Mental health problems affect people of all ages and all backgrounds.

Speaking to The Telegraph newspaper, the 32-year-old prince said he had spent years trying to ignore his emotions following Diana's death in 1997 when he was 12 years old.

While the video was clearly something that had been planned out well in advance of the conversation actually taking place, their chat seemed genuine and Lady Gaga felt free to open up on her struggles.

"You're really kind to say so. You feel like something's wrong with you".

Harry's interview and the Gaga-William video are part of a week's worth of concerted campaigning from the royals about mental health leading up to the London Marathon this Sunday.

A government spokesman said: 'No child should suffer from mental health issues and we are investing a record £1.4billion to ensure all children get the help and support they need.

Though the Royal Family has toiled for years for hundreds of charities, the work on mental health represents something of a departure - in part because of the taboo long associated with psychological issues.

"I've never told anyone that before, so here we are".

Harry hopes speaking honestly as a patron of Heads Together will "make a difference to everybody else".

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