No matter how much our favorite entertainers share with us, we never really know what they're going through. So when they do choose to let us in and share deeply personal details, it's powerful.
Lady Gaga revealed in her new Netflix documentary, "Gaga: Five Foot Two," that she's been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It's a chronic condition that's estimated to affect around 5 million Americans who are 18 or older, according to the National Institute of Health.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include insomnia, headaches, stiffness, soreness, problems with memory, and more painful periods for women.
Last November, Gaga shared a photo captioned, "Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors. I think about Joanne too and her strength and the day gets a little easier."
By speaking out like Bella Hadid does with Lyme disease, Selena Gomez does with lupus, and Venus Williams does with Sjögren’s syndrome, Gaga is taking a brave stand to destigmatize illness and encourage compassion.
We have no idea what those around us might be going through, and the reality is that many people are diagnosed with invisible diseases. Just because someone's pain isn't made physically obvious doesn't make it any less real.
So thank you, Gaga, for your bravery in sharing your story. We are all here to support you!