Lady Gaga’s upcoming documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, has yet to be released, but it’s already causing quite the stir. The Netflix film follows the production of her album Joanne and includes footage surrounding her feud with Madonna and her split from fiancé Taylor Kinney. But beyond the celebrity fodder, the documentary most strikingly reveals Gaga’s ongoing battle with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia, a disorder that, according to the Mayo Clinic, causes chronic pain and fatigue as well as sleep, memory and mood issues, affects roughly 5 million people in the U.S. Although the root of the disease is still unknown, researchers believe it’s related to pain receptors in the brain being too sensitive and easily overloaded.
Gaga has spoken out on Twitter hoping to raise awareness for the disease and provide a platform for others who have also been diagnosed. As we wait for the documentary to come out, we’ll just continue to marvel at her strength and her ability to put on a kick-ass Super Bowl half-time showand promote important mental-health discussions all while dealing with a frustrating disease. You go, Gaga!
Gaga: Five Foot Two will premiere on Netflix on September 22.