NME Festival blog: Lady Gaga gives an insight into life with chronic pain in new documentary trailer

‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ is released this week.

Netflix have released a trailer for a new Lady Gaga documentary, titled ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’.

The teaser trailer gives an insight into her life with fibromyalgia, a condition which causes chronic pain to spread across the whole body.

“What happened in the last few years?” Zane Lowe asks the singer in the trailer, interviewing her on his Beats 1 show. “Real fans probably knew deep down that there was something going on.”

“Paranoia, fear, body pain, anxiety,” Gaga replies, referencing her illness.

The singer can be seen receiving treatment for the pain, but she credits her fans for helping her through: “I have chased this pain for five years but when I feel the adrenaline in my music and my fans, I can fucking go.”

The trailer also gives a glimpse into the darker side of celebrity.

“I go from everyone touching me all day, and talking at me all day, to total silence,” Gaga can be heard saying, tearfully.

“Then all these people leave. And then I’ll be alone.”

I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.

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The singer was forced to cancel an appearance at Rock in Rio festival on September 14, that she was “devastated” at not being “well enough” for the gig.

An official statement later described how the singer was suffering from “severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform”.

Days later she postponed her European tour until 2018, with Live Nation saying she was “devastated”.

Gaga promised to tell her story “in depth” and “take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference.”

Chris Moukarbel directed the documentary and said in a statement: “I had a rare opportunity to create a portrait of an artist with such an open heart and mind. I feel really lucky that Gaga trusted me and my vision.”

‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ will be available on Netflix this coming Friday (September 22).


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