Lady Gaga Opens Up About Being Raped at 19: ‘It Changed Who I Was Completely’

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– who recorded the emotional song “Til It Happens to You” for The Hunting Ground, a documentary on campus rape – has opened up about her own struggle in the aftermath of being raped as a teenager. “I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years. Leo Robitschek — the bar director of NoMad Bar, Hilary Duff’s favorite NYC hot spot — showed Us how to make a delicious Fig & Thistle cocktail for your next holiday party.

Mother Monster sat down for a TimesTalk with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni last night (December 10) to discuss the documentary and her original Grammy-nominated song. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault,” said the 29-year-old musician, who revealed in an emotional interview with shock jock Howard Stern last year that she’d been raped when she was 19. The horrific assault, which she didn’t share with anyone for about seven years, changed who she was “completely” and left lasting, recurring physical damage. “It changed my body; it changed my thoughts. When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” she said. “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 just mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped or traumatized in some type of way.” But the ever positive singer said she wants her Grammy-nominated song, which she co-wrote with Warren, to empower sexual assault survivors and let them know “that it was OK to feel that way.”

How could you put so much pressure on women (and men!) to be beautiful, to be successful, and then, when they are raped, to say ‘What were you wearing?’ or ‘How were you portraying yourself?’ This is like, we can’t win.” In terms of enacting this change, however, Gaga looks not to our politicians but to the people around her. “I’m looking at everyone in this room,” she says. “I mean, you are culture. So if you care, and if your friend is going to rape someone in your fraternity or sorority, or in your school, or in a work situation, or in an alleyway outside a restaurant, whatever it is that your job is, if you say something and if you are a part of that greater world change, that is more powerful than any single person that’s in office.”

I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d—head that did that to me,” she told Howard Stern on his radio show last December. “I’m gonna take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful and all the things I’ve made out of my strife.

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