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Lady Gaga Holds Back Tears While Talking About Her Chronic Pain

In her new documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two (hitting Netflix on September 22), Lady Gaga showcases an unfiltered look at a year of her life. We already know that she opens up about her struggles with loneliness in the documentary. And now, a teaser reveals that the singer also discusses her ongoing battle with chronic pain. (Related: The Pain Relief Method Lady Gaga Swears By)

Even though the 31-year-old opened up about her condition via social media last year, addressing it in front of cameras was a completely different experience.

"It's hard, but it's liberating, too," she said at a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to Today, where her movie premiered Friday night.

Getting up close and personal about such a sensitive topic proved to be difficult for director Chris Moukarbel as well, who had to practically stay invisible while capturing such intimate moments. "It was incredibly hard, just on a basic, fundamental, human level, to be near somebody who's experiencing pain like that and knowing there's nothing you can do," he said.

 

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That said, Gaga hopes that putting herself out there and sharing her experience with others will allow her to transform her pain into something positive—both for herself and for those who watch the film. "There is an element and a very strong piece of me that believes that pain is a microphone," she said at the press conference. "My pain really does me no good unless I transform it into something that is. So I hope that people watching it that do struggle with chronic pain know they're not alone."

While the singer is still on tour for her latest album, Joanne, she's looking forward to her life winding down after. "I am going to take a rest," she said. "I don't know how long. That doesn't mean I won't be creating. I'm looking forward to reflecting and slowing down for a moment."

Following the conference, Gaga took to Twitter and finally revealed the illness that's been causing her chronic pain for all these years. “In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia,” she wrote. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and tenderness, according to the Mayo Clinic, and usually happens after physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. Some other effects include fatigue as well as issues with sleep, memory, and mood.

This is the first time the singer is giving her fans an intimate look into her long-suspected condition and hopes to help raise awareness for it through her documentary. “I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it,” she concluded.

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