Hours before the release of her revealing new Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga has shared a moving message about the film and what it means to her.
“With Gaga: Five Foot Two, I found myself witnessing myself in a way I am unable to see on my own,” the pop star said in a lengthy statement posted on social media Thursday. “I felt proud, I felt sadness, I felt empowered, I felt vulnerable…but what struck me the most was the film’s authenticity in the way Chris [Moukarbel], the director, chose to show my lowest lows, my highest highs, and the close relationship with my family that I clung to fiercely while writing my album Joanne.”
Announced last month and first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Five Foot Two explores both Gaga’s outsize stage persona and her life behind the scenes; it chronicles her preparations for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show and sheds light on her ongoing struggles with chronic pain.
Describing the experience as “surreal, happy, and also hard,” Gaga said she was “most touched that the veil behind the aura of my fame reveals that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be. It is lonely, it is isolating, and it is very psychologically challenging because fame changes the way you’re viewed by people. For me, it feels very unnatural, but complicated because I know it is my destiny to be a performer. Yet I am so humbled by the side of fame that breeds love from the world, the voice I’ve been given by my fans to spread messages of empowerment and equality, the fortunate life it’s brought to me and my family and how we can now give to others in need.”
She added, “I’m just a girl trying to become a woman, who loves to write music, to sing, to play piano, guitar, dance, perform, and act. A girl who loves her fans and wants them to grow with her, as we symbiotically empower one another to be braver and kinder.”
Gaga: Five Foot Two debuts tonight at 12:01 a.m. PT on Netflix. Read her full statement above.