Where would Mother Monster be without her Little Monsters?
Lady Gaga took to her website late Wednesday to thank her multitude of fans for their "strength" and "perseverance" as she underwent surgery to treat a hip injury after being forced to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour.
And in the heartfelt message, the 26-year-old pop star made it abundantly clear just how much those Little Monsters meant to her.
"Monsters, You really gave me a lot of strength today. Everything happened so fast, but when it came time to face it I reflected on the many stories and experiences you've shared with me about your lives," she wrote.
"Meeting you backstage, reading your letters, watching you communicate with fans from around the globe to form a community that supports one another—You have completely blown my mind. As they wheeled me into surgery today, I thought about all of your pain and perseverance, your unique family situations, school environments, health issues, homelessness, identity struggles—sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it's even possible."
The enormity of those struggles, Gaga said, helped her put her own plight in perspective.
"So I thought to myself, I'm alive, I'm living my dream, and this is just a bump in the road," she mused. "I'm grateful because this is temporary, and for some it is not. You have changed my life. I love you and am proud to be a part of your lives. If you can do it, I can do it too, and if we stick together we can get through anything."
After initially postponing several shows earlier this month due to a labral tear in her right hip, Gaga was forced to pull the plug on her entire tour after she was unable to walk and it became clear that the songbird would require surgery.
But ever the trouper that she is, Gaga still managed to give props to her fans just as she was about to be wheeled into the operating room.
"Going in for surgery now," she tweeted Wednesday. "Thank you so much for sending me love and support. I will be dreaming of you."