Lady Gaga has revealed that she suffers from PTSD during a visit to a LGBTQ youth center on the Today show. The segment was a partnership between NBCUniversal and LEGO, helping to celebrate the holidays with the #ShareKindness movement.
The goal is to fill their Share Kindness box with one million LEGOS, each one symbolic of an act of kindness by the end of the year.
The act of kindness represented this past Monday (Dec. 5) was Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation, whose goal is to empower young people to treat each other with kindness. The Today segment showed a visit to the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ youth in Harlem.
“Kindness to me is an action of love, or a showing of love to someone else. And I also believe that kindness is the cure to violence and hatred around the world,” Gaga said in the interview.
The “Joanne” singer went on to donate new clothing to the teens, and further said, “These children are not just homeless or in need; many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me understand the trauma of others.”
While sitting in a circle on the floor with the youth members, Gaga revealed that she has struggled with PTSD since she was raped at 19. She claims that through using meditation and mantras she is able to remain calm, and presented each of the kids with a written, personal message to inspire them.
Gaga also gave a private performance of an acoustic version of her new song “Million Reasons” from her new album Joanne.
“I am no better than any of those kids, and I’m no worse than any of them,” she said. “We are equal. We both walk with our two feet on the same earth, and we’re in this together. Do one kind act before the end of the year. Just be kind. The act itself, it’s free and it’s priceless.”