In just 7 days, Lady Gaga raised $35 million from corporations and her rich friends to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The superstar spent a week ringing up corporate leaders and wealthy philanthropists to get donations for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
In a WHO media briefing, she said the money will go towards global personal protective equipment, supplies, coronavirus testing kits and help to improve worldwide capacity to process the tests
Gaga spent her birthday on the phone to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, talking about how she could help with efforts to end the pandemic. Ghebreyesus said when announcing,
“We have said consistently that we are all in this together and we can only succeed together. We need an all-of-society approach with everyone playing their part. That includes people in the entertainment industry.”
She spoke at the press conference to reveal details of the One World: Together at Home concert special where Sir Elton John, Billie Eilish, Lizzo & Gaga will headline the concert on April 18.
“We are all so very grateful to all of the health-care professionals across the country and the world who are on the front lines during COVID-19.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared in a Facetime call with Gaga on The Tonight Show to announce that Apple is donating $10 million to One World fundraiser event.
Gaga confirmed that all proceeds from the benefit will be used to help protect vital healthcare workers saying she intends to raise the money first, so that people can just enjoy the concert.
“When we do air live on April 18 put your wallet away, put anything away that you need to, and sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve.”
Meanwhile, Gaga has been self-quarantining with her new boyfriend, tech CEO Michael Polansky, who works for Napster cofounder Sean Parker. The couple has reportedly been dating since New Year’s Eve, and attended the Super Bowl together.
In March, Gaga posted a selfie with Polansky saying,
“I’ve got a STUPID love. 💕”
What the world needs now –love. And a vaccine.
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Day 6 of self-quarantining! Going strong, playing video games and cards, and taking care of ourselves. Important reminder: keep your mind as stress free as possible and your body moving. #selflove #selfcare #bekind try not to pass it in case you have it #corona it’s ok and so wonderful to stay home if you can!What a kind act for the world ❤️
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So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups. I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now but it’s much safer to not so I don’t get them sick in case I have it. I’m hanging at home with my dogs. I love you world, we’ll all get through this. Trust me, I talked to God —she said we’re gonna be ok.
(Photo, Instagram; via Pink News)