Lady Gaga and Elton John appear together on the cover of Billboard's "We Can Be Heroes" philanthropy issue. Elton has penned an exclusive essay on HIV for the issue, while Gaga sat down for an interview.
On what makes her proudest of BTW foundation:
When I see the friendships these kids have built. When I see a child with an eating disorder sit down with somebody who has a lifelong terminal illness and somebody who's in transition -- that makes me feel like we're doing something no one else is. This is my life purpose, this foundation. This is why I was brought to life, I think.
On changing the way she dresses:
There's always a dichotomy within me. If you see me dressing really out there, I tend to be self-deprecating inside. When I dress like a lady, I tend to be feeling very wild and confident. That sounds bizarre, but I get a lot of s--t done with that blond hair. I haven't changed. It's just that I'm almost 30. I'm learning how to function effectively in society.
It's hard to listen to that song, it's hard to watch it. Diane [Warren] really held my hand. I was like, "I've done a lot of things Diane, but can I do this?" She was like, "You can do this." It was extremely cathartic to know that not only am I not alone, but that other men and women aren't alone -- we all have each other. Even outside of rape culture, there are a lot of people silently in pain about extremely traumatic things.
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