Lady Gaga didn’t tell anyone she was raped for seven years, and she doesn’t want anyone else to go through the experience that she says changed her forever. She’s recorded a new song for a documentary that she hopes will shine light on this terrifying epidemic.
When she was just 19 years-old, Lady Gaga, now 29, was raped, a horrifying crime that changed her fundamentally. While speaking at a TimesTalks panel discussion for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which focuses on the growing epidemic of campus rape, she shared her personal experiences, and why she penned a song for the film. She doesn’t want to be defined by what happened to her.
“I think it was important to everyone that the person singing this song had been abused, or experienced something like that so it was authentic,” Gaga said at the panel discussion of the song she penned for the documentary, “Til It Happens to You.”
“I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years [about the rape]. I didn’t know how to think about it,” Gaga said. “I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It’s something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts.”
Gaga spoke further about how the rape changed her body. “When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications,” Gaga said. “For many people it has almost like trauma, where you re-experience it through the years after it. It can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress. So a lot of people suffer not just emotional and mental pain, but physical pain as a result of being abused, raped or traumatized in some way.”
She first spoke about the rape on the Howard Stern Show in December 14, and expressed that she didn’t want the crime to define her. Why should it? Gaga’s an incredible, successful — dare we say iconic? — artist who keeps growing and amazing every time she’s in the spotlight. Who else can perform with Tony Bennett one day, and shock in bloody glory on American Horror Story the next?
“I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d—head that did that to me,” Gaga told Howard.” Hear, hear!
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