"Just wanted to say a loving thank you to monsters and fans of @sonjad7777 all over the world," Gaga wrote in a lengthy caption that accompanied a nearly makeup-free selfie of the singer. "I want to say of all the things you have been there for me and my family and friends for, this one really left me speechless while also taking me by surprise."
Further praising her fans, Gaga shared what she learned about herself during this emotional time. "What I have realized is that my true life dream above all things was to spread peace and love as far as possible through music," she continued. "Thank you for keeping that community in tact, not just for me, for yourself, or for Sonja, but thank you for the example of kindness you show to the world."
Gaga concluded her post with a proclamation. "It is not how many followers you have, how skinny or beautiful by other peoples standards that matters. Truly it's the best parts of you on the inside that you choose generously to share with your sister or brother that makes you beautiful," she noted. "That's what counts. That is your legacy. That is how you leave your mark. Transferring your positive energy to those around you, and watching it multiply."