When it comes to practising what you preach, perhaps look to Lady Gaga as a good example. Last month, fans might have been skeptical when the popstar announced that she was delaying the release of her next studio album, Chromatica, as she wanted to ‘spend time focusing on finding solutions’ to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Gaga has actually stuck to her word.
This week, she revealed that she has already raised over £28.5million for the World Health Organisation - and she’s also organised a TV special which will include the likes of Billie Eilish, Chris Martin, Lizzo and, erm, David Beckham. (An edited version of the event will air on BBC One on Sunday 19 April, btw.)
Over the past few weeks, various celebrities have been pilloried on social media for appearing out of touch, as they preach about self-isolation in their usually very fancy homes. But when Gaga was speaking earlier this week to Jimmy Fallon, she acknowledged her privilege as a celebrity. ‘You know, this messaging of we’re all in this together,’ she said, ‘and while I think the sentiment is nice, I also think that the fight I’m in - and the fight you're in, right? - is very different than the fight of a woman that is perhaps in an abusive relationship and has a child and lost her job, and can’t feed her kid and can’t feed herself.’
In the statement which announced the postponement of Chromatica, her upcoming sixth studio album, she wrote: ‘This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic.’
‘Instead I prefer that we spend time focusing on finding solutions,' she continued. '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 meals get the assistance they need, and that we help those who will be financially impacted by this pandemic.’
We don't yet know exactly when the album is set to be released, but we think Gaga is definitely doing the right thing (even if we do really want to hear it).