Lady GaGa is really opening up.
ICYMI, the pop star was featured in a pre-taped segment during Monday's episode of TODAY, where she visited the Ali Forney Center in New York to spend time with homeless LGBT youth.
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While at the center, the blonde brought gifts for the people she met, and opened up to them about her mental health struggles, saying:
"I don't have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness, and I struggle with that mental illness every day. So, I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed."
During an interview for that same segment, the 30-year-old revealed her mental illness, explaining:
"I told the kids today I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD. I've never told anyone that before, so here we are."
The brave announcement comes just two years after she confessed she had been raped at 19 years old. But, she took to Twitter on Tuesday to insist that's not the only experience that caused the disorder, saying:
The pop star explained during the TODAY segment that she's been able to heal from her trauma and cope with her PTSD because of the kindness she has received:
"But the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it's really saved my life. I've been searching for ways to heal myself, and I've found that kindness is the best way."
She also encouraged the talk show's audience to pass on any positivity:
"One way to help people that have trauma is to inject them with as many positive thoughts as possible. It's really important to remind kids that our suffering from a traumatic experience or abandonment, to remind them that they're not alone, and that they're loved."
And, she explained why she decided to share her secret with the people at the Ali Forney Center:
"These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They've been rejected in some type of way. I am no better than any of those kids. And I'm no worse than any of them. We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we're in this together."
You can watch the full video (below). Her emotional admission comes in around 2:36:
Thank you for sharing your story, GaGa.
[Image via NBC.]
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