Before becoming The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga dealt with her own monsters of depression, anxiety and PTSD from a young age. Her mother Cynthia Germanotta visited CBS This Morning on Wednesday (Oct. 23) and spoke about her daughter’s mental health as a middle-schooler.
A clip of Gaga’s empowering acceptance speech for best pop duo/group performance at the 61st Grammy Awards earlier this year preceded her mother’s interview, where she shined a light on mental health issues. Now, Germanotta has taken on the task by opening up about her daughter’s early struggles and sharing advice for parents who find themselves in the same position as she was.
“As a parent, I wasn’t prepared to really address this. Stefani was very unique, and that wasn’t always appreciated by her peers, and as a result, she went through a lot of difficult times -- humiliated, taunted, isolated,” she told CBS This Morning hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil.