Lady Gaga is kind of an open book now, but the pop star took years before she opened up about her rape at 19. During a discussion with TimesTalks panel discussion says it took her 7 years before admitting to herself that she was raped.”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 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.”
She was asked how it changed her body. “When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications. 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.”
Gaga lent her vocals to the Diane Warren-penned “Til It Happens to You” for the 2015 campus rape documentary, The Hunting Ground.