In an extremely candid new interview, Lady Gaga talked about her experience with rape as a teen and how it changed her both mentally and physically.
“I didn't tell anyone for I think seven years,” the 29-year-old, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, shared. “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."
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Speaking to a TimesTalks panel in NYC, the Golden Globe nominee continued, "It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body.”
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Although she didn't give specifics about the attack, Gaga explained, “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.”
Lady Gaga with her fiancé Taylor Kinney. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
For a long time, the American Horror Story actress thought the rape was her doing. “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,” she said. “That it was my fault.”
But Gaga's since learned how to work through what happened, and hopes to inspire others who have gone through something similar.
“We don't want you to keep your pain inside and let it rot like an old apple on your counter, you know? It's like, just get rid of all that trash. Let's get rid of it together," she said.
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