Lady GaGa was a cutter for a long time

Lady Gaga revealed that she used to hurt herself for a long time, showing people that she was in pain. That, she says, was the only way, and then she realised that it was better to talk to people about her emotions in order to avoid self-harm.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in an interview for ELLE magazine, she said: ''I've actually not opened up very much about this, but I think it's an important thing for people to know and hear: I was a cutter for a long time, and the only way that I was able to stop cutting and self-harming myself was to realise that what I was doing was trying to show people that I was in pain instead of telling them and asking for help. When I realised that telling someone, 'Hey, I am having an urge to hurt myself,' that defused it. I then had someone next to me saying, 'You don't have to show me. Just tell me: What are you feeling right now?' And then I could just tell my story. I say that with a lot of humility and strength; I'm very grateful that I don't do it anymore, and I wish to not glamorise it.''

The 'Shallow' hit-maker has advised any fans who suffer with similar issues to plunge their hands into a bowl of cold water because it blocks the unwanted thoughts.

She explained: ''One thing that I would suggest to people who struggle with trauma response or self-harm issues or suicidal idea is actually ice. Gaga, by the way, has already been open about her mental health issues when she won a Grammy for her song from 'A Star Is Born' in February. She said at the time: ''If I don't get another chance to say this - I just want to say I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues."

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