Entertainment Music WATCH: Lady Gaga Was in a 'Dark Place' Before Making Latest Album: 'I Didn't Want to Be Myself' The pop star reveals how depression inspired her acclaimed new album Chromatica By Julie Jordan Julie Jordan Instagram Twitter Julie Jordan is an Editor at Large for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand for 25 years, holding various roles in the Los Angeles Bureau including Associate Bureau Chief. In 2006, she relocated to the Midwest where she continues to cover all things entertainment and Hollywood, including celebrity covers, features and specials such as Sexiest Man Alive and the Beautiful Issue.Prior to joining PEOPLE, Jordan freelanced for magazines such as SOUTHERN LIVING and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is well-versed in what it takes to be the Sexiest Man Alive (having interviewed 11 of them for their cover stories) and considers shooting a confetti cannon on-stage alongside Garth Brooks during his performance of "Friends in Low Places" a career highlight. People Editorial Guidelines and Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is the Senior News Editor, Entertainment at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on September 22, 2020 12:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Lady Gaga is opening up about how her depression informed her new album. This summer the pop star released her acclaimed sixth studio album, Chromatica, which addresses weighty issues, including mental illness and trauma recovery, over dance beats. Speaking to PEOPLE along with her mom, Cynthia Germanotta, about their new book, Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community (which features 51 stories from young people around the world), Gaga, 34, acknowledged she used music to help bring her out of a dark place in her life. An overarching theme of Chromatica is finding light out of darkness, which she sings about on her smash Ariana Grande collab "Rain on Me" and album standout "Free Woman." "I used to wake up in the morning, and I would realize I was 'Lady Gaga.' And then I became very depressed and sad, and I didn't want to be myself," she says. "I felt threatened by the things my career brought into my life and the pace of my life." Watch the full episode of People Features: Lady Gaga & Cynthia Germanotta: How We Healed Our Relationship streaming now on PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device. Indeed, the Grammy winner has been candid about how, for years, she focused on her music rather than work through the emotional and physical trauma she suffered after a sexual assault early on in her career. And she has said that before getting to work on Chromatica, she was struggling with PTSD and fibromyalgia. "I spent a lot of time in a sort of catatonic state of just not wanting to do anything," Gaga says. "And then I finally, slowly started to make music and tell my story through my record." Lady Gaga and Her Mom Cynthia Open Up About the Importance of Kindness: 'It Healed Our Relationship' Lady Gaga. Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Through her Born this Way foundation, which she created with her mom in 2012, along with their new book, Gaga hopes to "create highways from heart to heart," she says. "Where we can hold compassion and empathy, where we can celebrate everybody's resilience.".