'The Me You Can't See': Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, and Oprah open up about mental health
- The new series on Apple TV+ features celebrities and athletes discussing difficult experiences in their lives and how they impacted them
- Actress Glenn Close, basketball player DeMar DeRozan, boxer Ginny Fuchs and Zak Williams, son of Robin Williams, are also profiled
Spoiler alert: The following contains details from the The Me You Can’t See, now streaming on Apple TV+.
Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and Oprah Winfrey are opening up in the new mental health series The Me You Can’t See.
Harry and Oprah serve as executive producers of the five-part series, and have conversations about their own lives and mental health experiences throughout the episodes. The series also features profiles of celebrities and athletes like Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close, professional basketball player DeMar DeRozan, boxer Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs and the son of the late comic Robin Williams, mental health advocate Zak Williams.
Here are just a few moving moments from the series.
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Meghan Markle told Harry ‘I think you need to see someone’
The royal says in the series’ second episode that he knew if he didn’t go to a therapist, he would lose wife Meghan, whom he wed in 2018.
“When she said, ‘I think you need to see someone,’ it was in reaction to an argument that we had,” Harry remembers. “And in that argument, not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry,” the age he was when his mother, Princess Diana, died as a result of a 1997 car crash in Paris.
In the show’s premiere, Harry says he was enraged by the circumstances of his mother’s death and “the fact that there was no justice, at all.”
“The same people that chased her into the tunnel photographed her dying in the back seat of that car,” he says.
Harry's mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car crash while fleeing paparazzi in 1997.
Lady Gaga talks ‘total psychotic break’
In the series debut, the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer remembers being 19 when a producer threatened to burn her music if she didn’t take her clothes off.
“They didn’t stop asking me, and then I just froze, and I just - I don’t even remember,” she recalls, crying. Gaga, now 35, says she did not feel comfortable naming her assailant. “I do not ever want to face that person again,” she says.
As a result of the trauma, Gaga says, “I had a total psychotic break, and for a couple years I was not the same girl.”
Lady Gaga discusses the trauma she experienced on "The Me You Can't See." (Apple via AP)
Glenn Close experienced childhood trauma from a religious cult
The actress revealed her “really awful” experience growing up in what she called a religious cult.
When she was 7, she says her family got involved in the Moral Re-Armament, also known as MRA, a religious group the Hillbilly Elegy actress described as a cult.
“Everybody spouted the same things. There were a lot of rules and a lot of control,” Close says.
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“Because of how we were raised, anything you thought you would do for yourself was considered selfish.”
She says she never went on family vacations or had any other experiences to remember outside of the cult, which made it difficult for her to connect with others in adulthood.
“Because of the devastation, emotional and psychological, of the cult, I have not been successful in my relationships and finding a permanent partner, and I’m sorry about that,” Close says.
Actress Glenn Close said growing up in a cult affects her ability to form relationships even to this day. Photo: Reuters
The actress says that despite her childhood trauma, she’s been able to find “comfort and companionship” by moving close to her sisters in Montana.
“I’ve come home to them,” Close said. “That for me has psychologically grounded me in very important ways.”
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Oprah’s childhood: ‘I knew I was alone’
The famed talk show host says in the series premiere the only trauma from her life that still causes her to weep is the wound of going to live with her mother as a child, after previously being raised by her grandmother.
Winfrey says her mother was living in the house of someone who was “very light-skinned” who mistreated Oprah because of the colour of her skin.
Oprah recalled an experience from her childhood of being treated poorly because of the colour of her skin. Photo: AP
“That very first night, she wouldn’t let me come in the house,” says Winfrey. “There was a little porch foyer that was exposed to the street, and I had to sleep out there on a sofa.”
Winfrey says that when her mother didn’t protest, “In that instant ... I knew I was alone.”