Lady Gaga Addresses Bullying, Teen Suicide at Obama Fundraiser
Lady Gaga continued her fight against bullying on Sunday at a fundraising event for President Barack Obama in Atherthon, Calif.
Following Gaga’s performance at the iHeartRadio music festival on Saturday, where she dedicated the song “Hair” to Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide earlier this month, the singer headed back to California to address the commander in chief.
According to ABC News, Gaga donned all black at the event, including black flowers and a veil down the back of her hair. She stood during the Q&A session, where she thanked the president for his anti-bullying conference and read a fan letter regarding Rodemeyer’s suicide. Gaga then made a plea with event guests to do whatever possible in order to prevent bullying.
Rodemeyer was found dead Sept. 17 outside his family's home in Buffalo, N.Y. He had posted several YouTube videos about his experiences as a bullying victim, mentioning his being a fan of Gaga in several of them.
Earlier in the week, Mother Monster told fans of her plan to meet with Obama.
“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey,” she tweeted on Sept. 21. “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones [sic] life.”
The event, held at Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg’s home, reportedly cost $35,800 per couple. Prior to dinner, Gaga walked through the photo line with her manager and spoke with Obama for two minutes.