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She might be currently facing accusations of plagiarism, but Lady Gaga knows there are more important things to worry about – like our mental health.
Yesterday she reminded us of that, with an emotional post on her Facebook page. The singer and actress announced that she would be fully funding several classroom projects in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California – all US towns where communities had been devastated by shootings.
She asked her followers to be kind, with the key message being, “don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you.”
She wrote “surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritising your mental health and checking in on your loved ones. If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone.”
Adding, “If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s ok to not be ok, and listen to them. We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.”
Her message comes as musician Steve Ronsen accuses the Star is Born actress of plagiarism. He is claiming that a specific three-note progression in Shallow has been borrowed from his song of 2012, Almost. An accusation that Gaga’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, has described as “shameful and wrong”, in an issued statement.
Snyder said that basically “Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist.”
Only last week, Katy Perry had to pay out $2.78m when a court established that her song, Dark Horse, had borrowed elements of a Christian rap song.