Lady Gaga has pledged $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief in New York. The NYC-bred star posted the announcement on her Little Monsters site, saying: “If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today.” Gaga had been on tour, traveling on her personalized jet, during the run of the storm, but promised to help out as soon as she could. Gaga also released her old demo “No Floods” as a show of support. Read her full statement after the jump.
Lady Gaga’s message to New York and the American Red Cross:
Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas”
Mother Monster has been particularly active on social issues this year. A few weeks ago she earned the LennonOno Grant for Peace honoring her work promoting LGBT equality. Gaga also openly discussed her struggles with bulimia and started Body Revolution to promote healthy body image. And somewhere in there, she found time to hang out with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.