Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault.
Lady Gaga has opened up about her experience of being raped by a record producer when she was 19.
Last year, the singer revealed to Howard Stern that she was raped by a man 20 years her senior, who used to tell the public they were dating. Today, Gaga has opened up with Diane Warren for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape.
At a panel session for the film, Gaga shared, “I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years.” She continued, “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 think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body.”
Gaga went on to explain how the experience changed her body. “When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” she 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.”
Lady Gaga is hoping that opening up about her own experience will help other young people who have suffered similar trauma.