Lady Gaga was on TimesTalk session this Thursday where she was promoting the documentary movie “The Hunting Ground”.
It is a campus rape documentary where her song “Til It Happens To You” was used as a theme. Video for this song was released earlier this year and it is pretty disturbing, like the subject of the documentary.
While on the session she spoke openly about her own experience – she was raped when she was 19 years old. “I didn’t tell anyone for, I think, seven years. 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.” She told what happened when the man who raped her would not leave her alone. She said that he did not see it as a rape.
Lady Gaga told that it is not just about emotional scars but physical ones also. “It changed my body. When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you. For many people it has almost like trauma. When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress, so a lot of people suffer from not only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped, or traumatized in some type of way.”
She shared how she blamed herself for a long time, believing that the way she dressed provoked it to happen. First time she revealed this harsh truth was about year ago in the interview on “The Howard Stern Show” when she explained lyrics of the “Swine” song. “The song is about rape, the song is about demoralization, the song is about rage and fury and passion — and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release.” You can watch entire show on this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=uz9n9eOje30).