At 19-years-old, Lady GaGa became forever changed.
For those who don't know, the singer was raped at the start of her career by a producer 20 years her senior. The hit maker only recently revealed the disturbing info to Howard Stern in an 2014 interview despite the 2013 release of Swine, a song all about sexual violence.
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Now that the 29-year-old has revisited the topic with her graphic music video, Till It Happens To You, she decided to once again speak out on the transgression. Recalling the tragic incident, GaGa explained:
"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. Because of the way that I dress, and the way that I'm provocative as a person, I thought that I had brought it on myself in some way. That it was my fault."
How sad. The actress definitely echoes the sentiment of many rape victims.
The blonde added:
"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."
We're glad L.G. is making this information so public — while not everyone experiences trauma the same way, it's helpful for people to know that sexual violence can manifest in many different ways.
Hopefully GaGa's courage inspires other victims to deal with their trauma as well.
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