Lady Gaga: From Psychotic Breakdown to Winning An Oscar

Last Update on August 11, 2020 : Published on February 16, 2020
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Lady Gaga is one of the most well-known personalities, who’s pretty comfortable talking about her bad past experiences and mental health. Despite facing tough times, Lady Gaga worked on herself and recently won an Oscar for “Shallow”, while becoming a worldwide pop sensation.

Recently, Lady Gaga was interviewed and she openly talked about her “psychotic breakdown”. Lady Gaga started her career in 2007 as a wild pop singer.  Over the years, she has inspired everyone with her living perspectives. The most inspiring statement she gave during her interview was “The most shocking thing I can possibly do is be completely vulnerable and honest with you about my life, what I’ve been through, the struggles that I’ve seen that I have also been a part of, and share that with the world so that I can help other people who are suffering”.

Psychotic Breakdown to Winning An Oscar

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Love towards music and her struggle:

Life of Lady Gaga has always been tough. At the age of 11, when she developed her interest in music, her classmates bullied her for having rabbit teeth and big nose which resulted in anxious and insecure behavior. But, she didn’t give up and continued to focus on her career, music was everything for Lady Gaga. in High School, Lady Gaga continued to act and write songs. She won various prizes in her school and was “taunted” by the girls as “dirty”. But after all this, Lady Gaga remained kind to everyone and she got famous in the school for her acts of kindness.

Traumatic experiences

At the age of 17, she enrolled herself in Collaborative arts and worked as a waitress in cabaret clubs. But, the most horrifying situation she faced was “multiple sexual assault” at the age of 19 by a man who was 20 years older than her.

For seven years, she blamed herself and didn’t tell anyone about the assault. Throughout the years, she healed herself from playing music and dropped out of college. She aimed to debut by the age of 21. In 2001, she did a small role in an episode of The Sopranos. Later, she started working with Rob who named her as “female John Lennon”. She then travelled across the country and named herself as “Lady Gaga” after the hit Queen song, “Radio Ga Ga”.

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Maintaining her identity

At 20 years old, she was sent to a record label wherein they tried to mold her into puppet not an artist. But fierce Gaga did completely opposite to feel like she was still in control. Unfortunately, the label dropped in only three months.

From this point, she spiraled into depression and couldn’t even talk to anyone about her problems.

After all this, she stood up again and she started singing in rock shows wherein Lady Starlight helped her to redefine herself. At the age of 21, she was signed for Streamline records. Lady Gaga felt anxious as she thought she wasn’t pretty enough. So, Lady Gaga started taking pills to lose weight and followed one meal per day diet. She also dyed her hair blonde. That moment, she felt like she was in a trap of pleasing everyone. She was highly demotivated by her boyfriend who told her that she won’t be able to make it. So she moved to Los Angeles and re-invented herself by reading books by Andy Warhol.

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Established the Real Gaga in Industry

She got inspired by Madonna, Drag Queen performers, Cher and started wearing funky outfits and writing more dance-oriented tracks. She signed with Akon and made a debut from “The Fame”. The “Poker Face” became the world’s best-selling in 2009, she finally made it.

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The people who were part of the demotivation were pleading for the free passes. After all this, she chose to cut everyone off and stayed close with her family and team.

Lady Gaga fought with her depressive symptoms and overcame the “psychotic break” and finally in 2019 she won an Oscar for Shallow. The inspiring speech of Lady Gaga on winning the academy awards was appreciated by the world. On that day, she became an inspiring lady as well.

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I worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning, but what’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it.” – Lady Gaga

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What do we learn from Real Gaga?

From Lady Gaga’s story, we learned not to give up, no matter how hard the situation was. Lady Gaga taught us that depression can happen to anyone, it’s us who have to fight with it and rise up again. She inspires us to be vocal about our mental health problems and bad experiences. No matter how bad people do with us, stay kind and let karma handle it.

Hope you like this article, if you are also inspired by Lady Gaga like us, comment down. You can also share your experiences with us, we are listening.

 Keep smiling!

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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