Yet again Lady Gaga has shown us that not only does she have the best style in the industry, but also that she packing a whole lot of substance to back it up with.
The 'Bad Romance' star spoke candidly and thoughtfully at the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, articulating herself with a sense of honesty that we haven't seen from the pop diva before.
It seems that with years of experience in the industry, the soon-to-be 30-year-old star has become more authentic as well as truthful about how she has felt emotionally throughout her successful career.
The 'Alejandro' star shared:
“I have had to make decisions like, why am I unhappy? OK, Stefani, Gaga, hybrid person: Why are you unhappy? Why is it that you wanted to quit music (a couple years ago)?
OK, well, I really don’t like selling these fragrances, perfumes. I don’t like wasting my time spending days just shaking people’s hands and smiling, taking selfies. It feels shallow to my existence. I have a lot more to offer than my image.
I don’t like being used to make people money. I feel sad when I am overworked and that I just become a moneymaking machine and that my passion and my creativity takes a backseat — that makes me unhappy.
So what did I do? I started to say no. I’m not doing that. I don’t want to do that. I’m not taking that picture. I’m not going to that event. I’m not standing by that because that’s not what I stand for, and slowly but surely I remembered who I am.
And then you go home and you look in the mirror and you’re like, “Yes. I can go to bed with you…every night.” ’Cause that person? I know that person.
That person has balls. That person has integrity. That person has an opinion. That person just doesn’t say yes.
That person doesn’t get a text from somebody and say, “Oh my god, they wrote this and, um, they sent this emoji — should I write this back?”
“Should I say this back? Is it OK to say this? Are they going to like me if I say that? Should I say something different?”
This is the age we live in. We aren’t actually communicating with each other. We are unconsciously communicating lies.
Gaga is making an inspiring point here. Attempting to please everyone all the time has the potential to be a harmful thing because it's inauthentic. and therefore, it's lying.
There are definitely times when being direct and knowing what's best for you is incredibly important because it's honest. Because of this, Gaga has never seemed more focused, determined and happy in her professional career.
There's something everyone can apply to their own lives from the 'Art Pop' star's amazing speech.
Keep those paws up, Gaga!
Watch Gaga's full appearance at the summit here: