Lady Gaga has won our hearts with her powerful performance at the Oscars this year. But before that she won our hearts with her admission that she is a victim of sexual assault.
In 2014, Lady Gaga revealed to the world that she was raped at 19. And since then she has talked about the need to come out and speak out against such assaults.
However, it was only after her brilliant Oscars performance that her family came to know about her sexual assault.
“My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor,” Gaga wrote on Instagram and Twitter.
The 29-year-old singer performed her Oscar nominated song ‘Til It Happens to You’at the Oscars this year. She co-wrote the song with Diane Warren for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about rape and assault on college campuses. Her power-packed performance was met with standing oviation.
Towards the end of her performance, Gaga was joined by 50 survivors of sexual assault.
“I was too ashamed. Too afraid. And it took me a long time to even admit it to myself because I’m Catholic and I knew it was evil but I thought it was my fault,” Gaga continued in her post.
“I thought it was my fault for ten years. The morning after the Oscars when I talked to my grandmother Ronnie, with tears in her eyes I could hear them welling through the phone she said to me ‘My darling granddaughter, I’ve never been more proud of you than I am today.’”
She then ended her post by advising others to “speak up”.
“Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything– became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of,” she wrote. “And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most. #BeBrave #speakup #tilithappenstoyou.”
The six-time Grammy award winner surely is an inspiration to all of us.
Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Lady Gaga