Lady Gaga detailed her mental health ‘crisis’ in a moving speech at a gala in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
The singer was being honored by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation at its Patron Of The Artists Awards held at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts.
Never one to hide her own struggle, the 32-year-old actress and singer urged Hollywood to provide better mental health care for people in the entertainment business.
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Glowing star : Lady Gaga, 32, looked radiant at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation event where she was honored her at its Patron Of The Artists Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday
In a nearly 25-minute speech, Gaga described her own ‘crisis’ that prompted her to seek professional help after becoming overwhelmed by work commitments.
‘I began to notice that I would stare off into space and black out for seconds or minutes,’ she recalled, according to Variety.
‘I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away in my brain with “I’ll deal with you later” for many years because my brain was protecting me, as science teaches us.
‘These were also symptoms of disassociation and PTSD and I did not have a team that included mental health support.
Gorgeous in organza: The actress-singer, 32, wore a nude strapless dress that showed off her cleavage, sweeping her hair tightly back into a bun and accenting her features with make up
Pretty in pink: She proudly showed off her long flowing dress
‘This later morphed into physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses and debilitating mental spirals that have included suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior. ‘
Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, now copes with her problem and delighted her fans by making her feature film debut this year in A Star Is Born. Directed by and co-starring Bradley Copper, it’s the fourth time the classic tale has been remade
Gaga glowed in a nude strapless dress that showed off her cleavage, sweeping her hair tightly back into a bun and accenting her features with makeup.
As the event took place just 30 miles from the mass shooting at a country western club in Thousand Oaks, she urged the audience in attendance to create a kinder world by destigmatizing mental health issues.
Dynamic duo: She was honored alongside Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford, 76
Trophy girl: Gaga had a big smile on her face as she posed with Happy Days alum Henry Winkler, 73, holding her award
Snuggling up: She shared an intimate moment with her A Star Is Born co-star Sam Elliott, 74, after accepting her award
‘We are facing a crisis of epic proportions,’ Gaga said. ‘We are in the middle of a global mental health crisis.
‘I needed help. I wish there had been a system in place to empower me to say no to toxic work environments and people of questionable behavior,’ she said. ‘I wish I’d had you when I was 19.’
Gaga then shed light on recent tragic events as she said: ‘The negative news and tragedies are nonstop and overwhelming. Let’s make kindness overwhelming.’
Respect: Sam presented her with the award as she gave him a big kiss on the cheek
Sending a message: As the event took place just 30 miles from the mass shooting at a country western club in Thousand Oaks, she urged the audience in attendance to create a kinder world by destigmatizing mental health issues
The talented star was presented with her prize by actor Sam Elliott, 74, who has a major part in A Star Is Born.
The duo shared a warm embrace where their friendly affection for each other was evident.
Leading legend: Harrison, who has had star roles in such iconic franchises as Star Wars and Indiana Jones, sported a beard and mustache when he turned up at the bash
Together again: Harrison got his moment at the microphone as well after being introduced by Ryan Gosling, his co-star in last year’s Blade Runner 2049
The ceremony also honored Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford, 76.
Harrison, who has had leading roles in iconic franchises including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, sported a beard and mustache at the bash.
The elder guest of honor had let his hair go completely white, opting for a classically fashionable ensemble in the form of a black suit, black tie and white dress shirt.
Harrison – who had an affair with his Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher during the shoot of the franchise’s first film, as she revealed in her memoir – wore black shoes as well.
So handsome: Alison Brie posed alongside her fellow sitcom star Tony Hale, who cut a dashing figure in a midnight blue suit and left his top button open
Wickedly good: Kristen Chenoweth, star of stage and screen, tied her signature platinum blonde hair into a ponytail and donned a sparkling floor-length gown
He also got his moment at the microphone after being introduced by Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling, 37,who co-starred with Harrison in last year’s Blade Runner 2049.
Spike Lee, a legendary filmmaker whose latest movie BlacKkKlansman bowed this August, was also presented with a trophy during the evening.
Others at the event included Dave Franco’s actress wife Alison Brie, 35; Veep star Tony Hale, 48; Happy Days’ alum Henry Winkler, 73; Geoffrey Owens of The Cosby Show, 57; singer Adam Lambert, 36; actor John David Washington, 34; The Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham, 29; film, TV and Broadway star Kristen Chenowith, 50; and Oscar winning director Guillermo Del Toro, 54.
She looks swell: Kat Graham was pretty in purple, choosing a powder version of that color for her dress and a darker shade for her chic lipstick
Specs appeal: Spike Lee, a legendary filmmaker whose latest movie BlacKkKlansman bowed this August, was also presented with a trophy that evening