Lady Gaga Has Opened Up About The Excruciating Illness She’s Been Living With For Half A Decade

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So it would seem that, on the surface, Gaga has it all. But she’s always been open about the struggles in her life. In 2014, for instance, she even came out about having been raped at the age of 19. “I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years. I didn’t know how to accept it,” she said the following year at a New York Times event. She went on to add, “It changed who I was completely. It changed my body. It changed thoughts.”

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And in 2017 it transpired that Gaga was suffering from an illness, one so serious, in fact, that she had to cancel part of a world tour. This was fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes chronic pain, fatigue, and in some cases mental distress. In the documentary she released that year, Gaga: Five Foot Two, she was even filmed crying at the pain of the disease.

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It clearly seems horrible for Gaga whenever the condition flares up, then. But there is a silver lining – she is credited with bringing attention to the plight of fibromyalgia sufferers, an illness that was almost unheard of until she started speaking about it. And in September 2017 the singer tweeted about the syndrome, saying, “I wish to help raise awareness and connect people who have it.”

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