Lady Gaga just got off the phone with the director of the World Health Organisation, and she’s ready to fight coronavirus
LGBT+ icon Lady Gaga recently delayed the release of her long-awaited sixth studio album, Chromatica, but it appears she’s had more important things to deal with.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced on Twitter that he had been on the phone with the ‘Stupid Love’ singer to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
Ghebreyesus wrote: “A very good call with Lady Gaga. I thanked her for her continuing efforts to show compassion and kindness to the world.
“She is ready to support WHO in any way possible in the fight against COVID-19. Together!”
The day they spoke was actually Lady Gaga’s 34th birthday, so the WHO director followed up with a second message: “And happy birthday Lady Gaga!
“I am so touched that you’re spending this moment on finding ways to support the world during COVID-19. I send you my best wishes!
“Thank you for spreading kindness at such an important moment for all of us! Together!”
And happy birthday @ladygaga! I am so touched that you’re spending this moment on finding ways to support the world during #COVID19. I send you my best wishes! Thank you for spreading kindness at such an important moment for all of us! Together!
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 28, 2020
In a heartfelt Instagram post, the singer said it had been an “incredibly tough decision” but that “it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on”.
She added: “Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions.
“It’s important to me that the attention is on getting essential medical equipment to healthcare professionals, making sure kids who depend on public schools for means get the assistance they need, and that we help those who will be financially impacted by this pandemic.”
Lady Gaga reminded her disappointed fans: “We are the kindness punks. So I ask you to practice that kindness in these trying times.
“I hope you can see that when the album does come out, I want us to be able to dance together, sweat together, hug and kiss each other, and make it the most bombastic celebration of all time.
“And until that time comes, LET’S ALL STAY HOME!”