Lady Gaga Gives Candid Interview About Being Raped As A Teen
Lady Gaga has given a candid interview about sexual assault when she was a teenager.
She spoke to Times Talks while promoting the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which is about college campus rape, and her song Til It Happens To You - a tribute song to victims of sexual assault.
Gaga, now 29, was raped when she was 19 years old, and admitted the incident had a profound impact on how she lived her life after that.
"I didn't tell anyone for I think seven years," she explained.
"I didn't know how to even think about it, I didn't know how to accept it, I didn't know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed thoughts."
Gaga also admitted there were times she blamed herself for the attack.
"After it happened, I'm like, 'But what did I do in my life to bring this upon myself?' There was some sort of maybe religious guilt attached to it that I had somehow inspired the violence.
"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 - that it was my fault."
She also rejected being labelled a 'victim':
"When somebody says to me, 'Oh, that happened to you?' 'Oh, did that damage you?' I'm thinking to myself, 'You don't know who the f**k I am now! You don't want to meet me in an alleyway. What I've been through."
"You can own your pain and it can be a good part of you."
Now she hopes to inspire other women.
"I'm here because when I look out onto the sea of beautiful young faces that I get to sing and dance for, I see a lot of people who have secrets that are killing them.
"We don't want you to keep your pain inside and let it rot like an old apple on your counter, you know? It's like, just get rid of all that trash. Let's get rid of it together."
She had one last piece of advice:
"The only person in this scenario that can heal you is yourself, and that is the complicated process."
Check out the film clip to Gaga's song Til It Happens To You.
*Warning: the following video contains graphic content.
If you want to check out Gaga's full interview with Times Talk, go here.
H/T Daily Mail
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