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Lady Gaga’s Family Didn't Know About Her Sexual Assault Until the Oscars

If you tuned into the Oscars on Sunday, you saw Lady Gaga perform her song “Til It Happens to You.” And even if you missed it, you’ve probably heard about the powerful and moving message it conveyed about living as a survivor of sexual assault, which Gaga has done for the past 10 yearsunbeknownst to some of her own family.

Even though she publicly spoke about the incident in 2014, her grandmother and aunt didn’t know about it until the performance, which left members of the audience and the millions of viewers at home teary-eyed. “I never told them I was a survivor. I was too ashamed. Too afraid,” she revealed in an emotional Instagram post on Tuesday.


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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But, in reality, Gaga had nothing to worry about. Her grandmother and aunt called her Monday morning to tell her how proud they are of her, which prompted Gaga’s post. She also included the hashtags #Be Brave and #SpeakUp, which resonated with several other celebrities, such as Jaime King, who had taken to Twitter and Instagram after Gaga's performance to share her personal struggle with abuse. 

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The performance, in which a group of real-life survivors appeared on stage baring words like “unbreakable” and “it’s not your fault” on their arms, also comes at a time when Gaga, King, and several others have publicly shown their support for Kesha, another survivor of sexual assault.

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