It’s been more than a year since Lady Gaga revealed on “The Howard Stern Show” that she’d been raped as a 19-year-old; however, it wasn’t until her moving Oscars performance on Sunday that her family learned about the traumatic experience.
In case you missed it, Gaga performed her Oscar-nominated song, “‘Til It Happens to You,” on Sunday night, a track that was recorded for a new documentary about sexual assault on college campuses called “The Hunting Ground.” In the emotional performance, she shared the stage with other sexual violence victims who had words like “survivors” written on their bodies.
On Tuesday, Gaga posted a photo of her grandmother and aunt, sharing the family’s perfect reaction to the performance while also explaining she was “too ashamed” and “too afraid” to tell them earlier: “She said to me ‘My darling granddaughter, I’ve never been more proud of you than I am today.’ Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything– became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of. And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most,” Gaga wrote on Instagram.
See the full caption in Gaga’s post below.
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My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor. I was too ashamed. Too afraid. And it took me a long time to even admit it to myself because I'm Catholic and I knew it was evil but I thought it was my fault. I thought it was my fault for ten years. The morning after the Oscars when I talked to my grandmother Ronnie, with tears in her eyes I could hear them welling through the phone she said to me "My darling granddaughter, I've never been more proud of you than I am today." Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything-- became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of. And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most. #BeBrave #speakup #tilithappenstoyou