This isn’t a pairing we thought we’d ever see, but superstar Lady Gaga and Prince William have joined forces.
They have both planned to meet in October in a bid to help encourage others to speak out about their mental health.
William and Lady Gaga, whose real name is Steffani Germanotta, discussed what they could do about tackling the stigma around it – via FaceTime!
The second in line to the throne was seen sat at home in Kensington Palace, while 31-year-old Gaga was seen in her kitchen sipping tea, no doubt trying to impress the prince!
“Hello, Prince William!” said the excited pop star. They both seemed pretty excited to be speaking to each other. “Hello, Lady Gaga!” replied William with a smile.
The Born This Way singer said: “I am so grateful to speak to you. I’m a very big fan of what you’ve done with Heads Together… It reminded me how much my mental health changing changed my life.”
William referenced his brother Prince Harry and wife Kate Middleton, who also raise awareness for Heads Together with him. “Harry, Catherine and I felt this was an important area.
“Throughout all our charity work from veterans to homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health issues.”
The 34-year-old father-of-two then pointed out how amazing he thought Lady Gaga was to speak out about her personal battle with mental health.
The singer penned an open letter in December last year to reveal that she had been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for five years.
William said: “I felt it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings and I wanted to ask you how you found speaking out and how it made you feel.”
Lady Gaga responded: “There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness and you feel there is something wrong with you and, in my life, I go, ‘Oh my goodness look at all these beautiful, wonderful things I have, I should be so happy’ but you can’t help it if in the morning when you wake up, you’re so tired, so sad, so full of anxiety and you can barely think.
“It was like saying, this is a part of me and that’s okay.”
Prince William then asked if Lady Gaga wanted to get together in October when she’s in the UK.
“It would be great if, when you’re over here, we could meet and have a chat about how much more we could do to tackle this,” he suggested.
“I would love that,” replied Gaga. “We have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues so that people feel they can come forward.”
This conversation comes just after Prince Harry revealed his own mental health issues in an emotional interview with the Daily Telegraph.
The 32-year-old revealed that, four years ago, his life was in “total chaos” having “shut down all emotions” since the death of his mother.
Princess Diana died following a car crash in Paris in 1997, when her youngest son was just 12.
Harry now recognises that he didn’t address her death for two decades – and older brother William, 34, begged him to face his grief.
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said.
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.
He also revealed how he tackles dealing with his emotions. “During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression.
“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”
The Queen’s grandson also spoke openly about talking to a therapist, confirming: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.”