Feb 3, 2021

Lady Gaga's Close Family Member Hospitalized During Pandemic

Lady Gaga's Close Family Member Hospitalized During Pandemic

Lady Gaga has recently revealed to PEOPLE that a close family member was hospitalized amid the coronavirus crisis. She also praised and admired healthcare professionals that have been risking their lives in order to take care of patients in hospitals.

When Jeff Nelson asked what has been giving her hope the past year, Gaga got emotional. I got to be honest. I'm about to cry on the other end of this call with you because it's really — it's doctors, it's nurses, it's essential workers," she says. "I haven't spoken to this person about speaking about this publicly, but I will tell you that a very important member of my family was very, very ill recently and in the hospital for almost two months. I was in the ICU by myself many times because you can't go in with more than one person if you can go in at all. I have never seen the heroic acts of bravery that I witnessed, watching these doctors and nurses and people that were cleaning at the hospitals."

Talking about the frontline workers in hospitals, she adds she was moved by the kindness of the staff she encountered during the difficult time.

"They put their heart and soul into their work, and they even cared for me, who — I assure you, nobody could even recognize me behind all the gear that I had on. They just said, 'How are you doing? How is your family? Is everything okay? Can we do anything?'" Gaga says.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Gaga has done her best to help people during the lockdown as well organizations to combat this dark chapter of 2020 like the One World: Together at Home, an online concert curated in partnership with Global Citizen to raise money and support health care workers and fight COVID-19 all given to the World Health Organization.

Now, the 11-time Grammy Award winner and Presidential Inauguration performer has partnered with the International WELL Building Institute to promote the WELL Health-Safety Seal, which verifies that buildings have taken the necessary steps to prioritize the health and safety of visitors during the coronavirus crisis.

"It's essential work to getting us back into buildings and indoor spaces," she says. "It is very important that as a result of what's happened because of COVID-19, we start to rebuild the global community; we won't be able to rebuild the global community until we start building it at the local level.

What I'm looking forward to the most is making sure that small business owners and people that work for small businesses can get back to work and live their lives," she says. "My father runs a restaurant, and I've seen the true heartache it's caused him — and watching the way that restaurant owners have suffered is something my family knows intimately."