In 2014, Lady Gaga revealed to Howard Stern that she was raped when she was 19. But even though she revealed her traumatic story to the public, she still hadn't told some of her relatives, who found out through her heart-wrenching performance at the Oscars Sunday night.
Gaga performed her Oscar-nominated song, "'Til It Happens To You," which recorded for the documentary The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses. She took the stage surrounded by fellow survivors of sexual violence, who had words like "unbreakable" and "survivor" written on their arms. The performance not only moved the entire Oscars audience, but also a few of Gaga's family members, who had not heard about her horrific ordeal.
She posted an Instagram of her grandmother and aunt, and shared the story of them calling her the day after the performance. Their response is so beautiful, you might need a few tissues to get through it.
Her full caption reads:
"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"
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