Gaga’s courage and bravery in times of adversity are what have drawn fans to her over the years, aside from the constant trail of bops that she leaves on the way. Her advocacy for LGBTQ rights, human rights and gender equality have never gone unnoticed and always been an integral part of celebrities trying to make a change. And as far as voices go, hers seems as legitimate as any other, seeing how most of her advocacy is rooted in personal experience.
The singer was the first interviewee on Oprah’s most recent edition of interviews – an arena tour that sees her hosting one interviewee in every pit stop she makes, over 9 venues.
Gaga took the opportunity to address various aspects of her personal life – the most relevant of them all – her mental health. At the peak of the #MeToo movement, Gaga talked about her own experience with rape. During the Oprah interview, she elaborated saying “I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old,” she said. “I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma. I did not have anyone help me. I did not have a therapist. I did not have a psychiatrist. I did not have a doctor help me through it. I just all of a sudden became a star and was traveling the world, going from hotel room to garage to limo to stage, and I never dealt with it.”
She further went on to talk about the trauma and physical pain she suffered due to that period in her life, going into great detail about the medicinal plan and therapy she is currently receiving.
She also believes in sharing her struggles and making her pain known, so as to support other people tat may be going through the same difficulties now.