New Lady Gaga Documentary Talks About Painful Side of Her Fame

Teasers for Lady Gaga’s upcoming Netflix documentary Five Foot Two have emphasized the lighter side of Gaga’s life in the spotlight: like hot-boxing her grandma’s car, joking with collaborators, jet-setting around the world and more. But in the new, official trailer, fans get a look at the painful flip side of fame as Gaga struggles with chronic pain and haunting insecurity.

“I have chased this pain for four or five years,” Gaga says in the trailer. There are images of the singer receiving shots of medication and recovering in bed. “But when I feel the adrenaline in my music and my fans, I can go.”

Gaga’s struggle with fibromyalgia has garnered attention in recent weeks as she postponed stops on her “Joanne” world tour on doctor’s orders. She’s nixed dates in Mexico, the U.K. and continental Europe. In a recent Instagram post, Gaga addressed her medical struggles and promised to advocate on behalf of chronic pain sufferers.

The trailer also offers glimpses into the making of her album, Joanne, and how her Super Bowl performance came together. The trailer ends with a funny scene of Gaga asking a cashier if the store has the new Lady Gaga album. The cashier, who clearly doesn’t recognize her, has no idea what she’s talking about.

Five Foot Two has been screened at film festivals and debuts on Netflix September 22nd. 

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