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Lady Gaga FaceTimes Apple CEO And Gets $10 Million Donation For Global Coronavirus Relief

Lady Gaga FaceTimes Apple CEO And Gets $10 Million Donation For Global Coronavirus Relief

Lady Gaga raised a further $10 million (£8m) in a surprise FaceTime phone call with Apple CEO Tim Cook on The Tonight Show as part of her 'One World: Together at Home' fundraising project.

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The fundraiser, which supports the World Health Organisation's fight against the spread of Covid-19, has so far raised $35 million (£28.3m) in just seven days to help fight the pandemic.

Gaga called Cook on Jimmy Fallon's socially distanced version of The Tonight Show - where he and his guests video called from home.

Gaga said to Cook on the show: "We spoke last night about a certain number for the donation and it was quite sizeable. I just wanted to make sure we were OK on that this morning - can I confirm you for that donation?"

Cook responded: "Yes, you can confirm me. We are so proud to be a part of this."

Jimmy revealed late on the show that the amount Cook had pledged was $10 million.

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Gaga worked with more than 68 businesses and philanthropists to raise $35m for the WHO's Covid-19 fund. Credit: PA
Gaga worked with more than 68 businesses and philanthropists to raise $35m for the WHO's Covid-19 fund. Credit: PA

The singer has been working with a number of businesses and philanthropists to get the money together, as well as organising a star-studded concert.

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The World Health Organisation's Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund will be used to fund the global need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing kits, and to help improve lab capacity for tests.

Speaking during a WHO media briefing on Monday (6 April), Gaga said: "We are all so very grateful to all of the healthcare professionals across the country and around the world who are on the frontline during Covid-19.

"This global pandemic is a catastrophe. I am so grateful to them and I'm also praying for those who are sick. It's been a pleasure to partner with Global Citizen and we have been working together behind the scenes to raise money for the World Health Organisation.

"We are raising money for the World Health Organization's Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and seven days ago we held a conference call with more than 68 corporate leaders from some of the world's biggest and most generous companies, and I asked them to join my corporate kindness list."

Sir Elton will be performing at the One World gig. Credit: PA
Sir Elton will be performing at the One World gig. Credit: PA

Gaga is also heading up a special online music festival called 'One World: Together at Home', which will be streamed in 18 April and will included a whole list of stars, including Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Chris Martin.

It will not be a fundraiser but a way of sharing a positive message during this crisis.

The singer added: "We celebrate and we highlight the singular, kind global community that is arising right now.

"We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented, cultural movement. And, we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human.

"Put your wallet away, put anything away that you need to, and sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve."

Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/

Featured Image Credit: The Tonight Show

Topics: Lady Gaga, Celebrity, Coronavirus, Apple

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]