In case you missed it, mega star Lady Gaga is trending thanks in part to connecting with LGBT youth at a specialized homeless shelter. While working in tandem with NBC’s today show, Gaga opened up about her own struggles with PTSD and her own highly personal traumatic experiences.
“I have a mental illness and I struggle with that mental illness every day. My own trauma in my own life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
The Born This Way singer is a rape survivor and says she continues to suffer the ramifications.
“I told the kids today, “I suffer from PTSD.” I’ve never told anyone that before. So here we are.”
She emphasized that it was the kindness of others that helped her get through her darkest days:
“The kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”
It was because of that kindness that the Joanne singer visited the shelter as part of the NBC and Today’s #ShareKindness campaign.
Gaga revealed that she was raped when she was 19 during an interview with shock jock Howard Stern in 2014. This resulted in her becoming an advocate for victims.
Her Oscar-nominated song ”Til It Happens To You,” which was featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, about campus rape, shined light on going through that kind of experience from a highly personal place. Cheers to her for taking a meaningful public stance with her celebrity. Watch the clip above.