Mere days after her moving, chilling and important appearance at the Oscars, Lady Gaga shared an Instagram post on her family and how they reacted to the shocking news that she, too, like those standing on the stage of the Dolby Theatre as she performed, was a survivor of sexual assault.
Gaga described the reactions of her grandmother, Ronnie, and Aunt Sheri, the morning after she stole the show with her Oscar-nominated “Til it Happens to You,” a song about sexual assault featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground.
Gaga first confessed that she was “too ashamed” and “too afraid” to ever tell them of what she went through because she thought it was her fault. But her grandmother’s reaction was beautiful, supportive, unconditional and proud.
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
“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. She added the hashtags #BeBrave, #speakup and #tilithappenstoyou.
Gaga and every other survivor have nothing to be ashamed of. Keep sharing and speaking loudly.