Lady Gaga has sent a touching message of joy to Sydney Mardi Gras revellers ahead of this year’s festivities.
Gaga was a standout at the 2019 Academy Awards earlier this week, winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for A Star is Born breakout song “Shallow” alongside co-writers Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando.
Backstage after her win, Gaga was asked by News.com.au journalist Andrew Bucklow if she had a message for local fans ahead of Mardi Gras in Sydney this weekend.
“What I would love to say is one of the hardest things in life is to be brave enough to be yourself,” Gaga responded.
“I wish to everyone that is going to that celebration to feel a joy inside of them.
“That’s actually what Bradley said to me yesterday right before we did our last rehearsal of this performance of ‘Shallow’.
“Let’s just drop a little bit of joy and I said, ‘Okay,’ and turns out joy did a whole lot for me.
“I’ll tell you something, I hope everybody there in Sydney feels so much joy and celebrates all sexual identities.
“I also have a true dream in our future as we evolve as humanity that these award shows won’t be male and female but we’ll include everyone.”
Lady Gaga shares a message to those going to 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: “I wish to everyone that is going to that celebration to feel a joy inside of them” #Oscars pic.twitter.com/Wg7kCfzIeM
— Variety (@Variety) February 25, 2019
Gaga and her A Star Is Born director and co-star Bradley Cooper performed “Shallow” on stage in one of the highlights of the Oscars ceremony, which also included an opening performance from Queen fronted by Adam Lambert.