"She was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me," she said of Grande's attempts to strike up a friendship with her. "And I was too ashamed to hang out with her, because I didn't want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful."
"Eventually, she called me on my s—. She was, 'You're hiding.' And I was, 'I am hiding. I'm totally hiding,' " Gaga continued. "And then this friendship blossomed."
The 11-time Grammy winner hopes that her new album will help connect more people together.
"If you're listening to this album and you're suffering in any type of way, just know that that suffering within itself is a sign of your humanity and you are not broken," she said. "You are connected to the whole world and we are one giant body. We are one full entity."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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