Lady Gaga has bravely revealed she is suffering from a mental illness,(PTSD), since being raped at the age of 19.
Lady Gaga first spoke publicly about the rape two years ago:
“After it happened, I’m like ‘But what did I do in my life to bring this upon myself?’ There was some sort of maybe religious guilt attached to it that I had somehow inspired the violence.
“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.”
“You can own your pain and it can be a good part of you.
“I’m here because when I look out onto the sea of beautiful young faces that I get to sing and dance for, I see a lot of people who have secrets that are killing them.
“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.”
Her interview with the Today Show, which was broadcast on NBC, is the first time she has talked about having PTSD.
“The kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life,” the singer said, after bringing presents to the astonished teenagers at the centre.
“Meditation helps me to calm down,” she said, adding that she was struggling with her mental illness “every day”.
Lady Gaga later tweeted:
“Today I shared one of my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame.”