Lady Gaga is speaking out about the horrific rape experience that fundamentally changed the dynamic of her life at a very young age. On Thursday, December 10, the Fame Monster singer took part in a TimesTalks panel discussion for TheHunting Ground. The compelling documentary, released on Nov. 24., focuses on the growing epidemic of rape on school campuses.
According to Hollywood Life, Lady Gaga also contributed to the documentary with a song she penned titled, “Til It Happens to You,” detailing her own experience as a rape victim. The 29-year-old singer dropped a bombshell about her experience, revealing she’d never shared her experience with anyone, until now.
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During the panel discussion, Lady Gaga stated she’s speaking in-depth about her experience now in hopes of helping someone else suffering from a similar form of mental and emotional distress. In addition to sharing her experience, she also explained why she wrote the song.
“I think it was important to everyone that the person singing this song had been abused, or experienced something like that so it was authentic,” said Lady Gaga on TimesTalks. “I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years [about the rape]. I didn’t know how to think about it,” Gaga 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’s something that really changed my life. It changed who I was, completely. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts.”
Lady Gaga went on to reveal how the trauma of emotional and mental anguish has influenced the person she has become. “When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications,” Gaga 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. So a lot of people suffer not just emotional and mental pain, but physical pain as a result of being abused, raped or traumatized in some way.”
Lady Gaga remained silent about her rape until December 14 of last year. During an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, she shocked fans with a riveting admission about being a rape victim. Although she shared her experience, she made it clear that she hadn’t done so because she didn’t want to be defined by victimization.
She also refused to have her career accomplishments and the emotions that inspired her creativity justified by being a rape victim. “I’ll be d***ed if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d—head that did that to me,” Gaga told Howard.
The latest news follows Lady Gaga’s criticism of sexism in the music industry. Although she was awarded Billboard Woman of the Year, she wasn’t exactly pleased with the accolade because of what it represents. According to the Huffington Post, Lady Gaga still feels there are limitations on her career despite the monumental success she’s had as an artist. After six Grammy awards, an American Music Award, a Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award, and a string of award nominations and other honors, Lady Gaga still feels there is a fine line where sexism separates men from women in the entertainment industry.
“I just really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body ever in this business,” she continued. “You don’t always feel like when you’re working that people believe that you have musical background, that you understand what you’re doing because you’re a female.”
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