Lady Gaga is opening up like she never has before.
During a TimesTalk promoting The Hunting Ground — a documentary about rape on college campuses — the singer got candid about her own experience being sexually assaulted as a teenager.
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“I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years,” the 29-year-old revealed. “I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or I think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”
Lady Gaga and Diane Warren. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
During the session, the “Applause” crooner explained how it impacted her not only mentally but also physically.
“It changed my body. When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you. For many people it has almost like trauma. When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress, so a lot of people suffer from not only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped or traumatized in some type of way,” she said.
Lady Gaga and her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
She also admitted that part of her struggle was learning not to blame herself.
“Because of the way that I dress, and the way that I’m provocative as a person, I thought that I had brought it on myself in some way,” she said. “That it was my fault.”
Lady Gaga wrote a song about her experience — titled “Til Happens to You” — for the documentary. Take a listen: