"I go from everyone touching me all day and talking at me all day to total silence."
Some celebrity documentaries can seem like nothing more than a campaign to reinforce the star's image: The story only shows the subject in a flattering light, with two straight hours focusing on their hard work and humble roots. But Lady Gaga has always challenged the norms (e.g. meat dress), so it should come as no surprise that her upcoming Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, which showcases a year of her life, isn't about to be completely sugar coated.
The singer has shared teasers of the movie, and it's clear we'll be seeing some of the not-so-pretty aspects of her life too, including her struggles with feeling "so alone."
In one of the clips she shared on Instagram, a shot of Gaga underwater is overlaid with her crying and talking about feeling lonely to her friend and stylist, Brandon Maxwell. "I'm alone Brandon, every night," she says, "and all these people will leave, right? They will leave. And then I'll be alone. And I go from everyone touching me all day and talking at me all day to total silence."
In her efforts with her Born This Way Foundation, Gaga has been passionate about trying to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. (She even FaceTimed Prince William to talk about the shame surrounding them). Part of her efforts has included remaining open about her own struggles, including her struggle to cope with PTSD as a result of being sexually assaulted.
The video that Lady Gaga shared suggests that her documentary will continue her transparency about her own mental health, and drives home the message that *anyone* can feel loneliness, no matter how many millions of fans adore them. Lady Gaga could have easily chosen to keep her struggles off-camera, but instead, she's continuing to use her influence to relate that it's okay to talk about your mental health. If we know Gaga, then we know there will be plenty more surprises in store come the documentary's release on September 22.