“American Horror Story: Hotel” star Lady Gaga was candid about being raped as a teenager during an interview Thursday with TimesTalks. She appeared on the show to promote her new song “Til It Happens to You,” from the film “The Hunting Ground,” which documents rape at college campuses.
The Golden Globe nominee said she didn’t talk about the atrocity she experienced for seven years. “It changed my body,” she said. “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. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”
The star, who is engaged to actor Taylor Kinney, said she blamed herself at first. “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.”
The actress and singer, 29, said the physical implications of rape can be long-lasting. “For many people it has almost like trauma,” 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 only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped, or traumatized in some type of way.”
The starlet recently shared her joy over being nominated for a Golden Globe. “I apologize to my neighbors I'm still screaming in my apt in NY! I'm nominated as an actress for a Golden Globe what a dream is this real!” she tweeted Thursday.
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