Lady Gaga’s performance of her song Til it Happens to You, which is about sexual assault, inspired actress and former model Jaime King, 36, to reveal her own sexual abuse, which she indicates began when she was a child model.
King tweeted “Thank you @ladygaga – I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave” following the performance, in which Lady Gaga performed surrounded by victims of sexual abuse and rape.
King then wrote a long post on Instagram thanking friends and family — including her husband Kyle Newman, Taylor Swift (“I love you for being there no matter what”), Lena Dunham, and Amanda deCadenet as well as numerous doctors and UN Women — who have helped her create a “safe space”.
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She posted a picture of herself next to the comment, explaining, “I was about 14 here, it started at 12.”
King indicated she’d been advised to sell her story to a media organisation but decided against it in favour of expressing herself “from my heart to you all personally” via social media.
In her modelling career, she was known as James King. She was discovered at 14 and appeared in Vogue, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Seventeen. King began using heroin at 14, two years after the alleged abuse began, and was an addict until the age of 19 when her 20-year-old fashion photographer boyfriend Davide Sorrenti died from kidney disease thought to have been brought on by drug abuse.
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SURVIVOR – Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole | My children | @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up| Dr. Randy Harris for YEARS of empathy | Michael Hayes @awaketolove ~ there are no words | Dr. Allan Phillips | @erikaklein | @ladygaga | #DianeWarren for breaking me whole last night and tonight| TS I love you for being there no matter what| Thank you to the only people I have told | Thank you to @damhave ~ you know why | Thank you @hooligandreamer| Thank you @amandadecadenet | Thank you to @unwomen & all organizations that have tirelessly worked to somehow comfort & make right | Thank you to myself to not choosing to not make this a cover story though that was what was suggested to me but to express from my heart to you all personally which felt the most honest way for me to speak | Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you. It’s a night of celebration, of change, of not being ashamed of your race, creed color, situation, circumstances and environment, or past. Now I am free, somewhat. Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am. I love you all very much for creating a safe space. The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still ❤️
King wasn’t the only one moved by Lady Gaga’s performance yesterday. The song, which appears in the documentary about college campus rape The Hunting Ground, is a powerful and public indication that this silent epidemic will no longer be tolerated.
Best Actress winner Brie Larson embraced each and every one of the sexual assault survivors.
Watch the poignant moment here.
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 29, 2016
Larson won her award for Room, about a woman and her son held captive for seven years.