Lady Gaga took to social media to deliver a heartfelt message in the wake of the Netflix premiere of her doc, ‘Five Foot Two.’ The singer shared with fans how much the doc means to her and how important it was sharing it with fans.
Just weeks before revealing she suffers from fibromyalgia, Lady Gaga canceled the European leg of her tour and decided to take some time to rest.
Lady Gaga is opening up about the complications of fame in the wake of the release of her new Netflix documentary, ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’.
The ‘Million Reasons’ singer wrote an emotional note to fans on social media Thursday, explaining that her documentary film helped her see herself in a whole new way.
“I found myself witnessing myself in a way I am unable to see on my own,” she said.
The film follows the Grammy-winner through the ups-and-downs of the past year of her life. Capturing everything from the making of her ‘Joanne’ album and her Super Bowl halftime show performance to her role in ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ and the aftermath of her split from fiancé Taylor Kinney.
“I felt proud, I felt sadness, I felt empowered, I felt vulnerable….but what struck me the most was the film’s authenticity in the way [director Chris Moukarbel] chose to show my lowest lows, my highest highs, and the close relationship with my family that I clung to fiercely while writing my album Joanne,” she wrote.
Gaga also found the film a great reflection of the complicated feelings she has towards fame.
“Although surreal, happy, and also hard, I’m most touched that the veil behind the aura of my family reveals that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be,” she wrote.
“It is lonely, it is isolating, and it is very psychologically challenging because fame changes the way you’re viewed by people.”
Elsewhere in the note, Gaga explained why she wrote her latest album.
“I wrote ‘Joanne’ to help understand my physical and emotional pain through my family’s history of the death of my aunt at a young age in 1974 of the autoimmune disease lupus,” she said.
“I wrote Joanne to heal me and find the strength to power through everything, with the determination I learned from my Italian Immigrant family.”
Finally, she thanked Mourkabel for his hard work on the film.
“I saw this film for the first time with everyone in the Princess of Wales Theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival,” she wrote.
“And I’m happy I trusted the creative process with Chris in this way. I could not possible by objective about myself. This is a collaboration where I blindly went “all in” because I trusted his talent and he believed in mine. Thank you, Chris.”
‘Five Foot Two’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix.
What we learned from watching the doc
Lady Gaga has a new perspective on relationships: “My threshold for bullshit with men is… I don’t have one anymore,” Lady Gaga declares in the opening minutes of her new film.
“I just don’t care. Maybe cause I’m 30 and I feel better than ever, you know? All my insecurities are gone, I don’t feel insecure about who am I as a woman.”
She feels slighted by Madonna: For as long as Lady Gaga has been a star, she’s been dogged by comparisons to Madonna. And she addresses those in Gaga: Five Foot Two.
“The thing with me and Madonna, for example, is: I admired her always. And I still admire her, no matter what she might think of me.”
We can see a terrible pain she lives with
She’s been battling debilitating pain for years: Throughout the film, the singer is fighting pain that stems from a broken hip suffered on the Born This Way Tour in 2013.
The day she is due to perform at Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday party, Gaga is laid up on the couch in tears. “The whole right side of my body is in a spasm,” she tells a caretaker. “My fucking face hurts.”
Other scenes show the singer getting a series of drugs she’s taking to help cope before submitting to immediate medical treatment.
Despite the latest medical intervention, the pain still troubles her. Lady Gaga postponed the European leg of her Joanne World Tour on Monday.
During one of the most emotional scenes in ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’, the singer visits her grandmother to play her the album’s title track.
“We’ll just play it, and if we get upset, we don’t have to talk about it,” Lady Gaga says. But grandma endorses the track: “That’s a beautiful piece.”