Lady Gaga has admitted she blamed herself for being raped as a teenager.
The singer was speaking at a New York Times event promoting The Hunting Ground, a documentary on campus rape in America.
“I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years,” she 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 changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed thoughts.”
“When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” Gaga said.
“You re-experience it through the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress.”
She said that for a long time she thought the attack was her fault.
“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.”
The 29-year-old, who’s written a song for the documentary called Til It Happens To You, said she’s now a lot stronger.
“You can own your pain and it can be a good part of you.
“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.”
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