Lady Gaga Opens Up About Sexual Assault At 19

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.