Lady Gaga says she was too ashamed to tell her family... until now.
Gaga has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual abuse since bravely stepping forward to reveal her trauma, but not everyone caught wind of her efforts. Gaga's powerful performance on stage at the Oscars of "Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground, which was up for Best Original Song, shined a light on 50 sexually assaulted survivors including herself. Her grandmother and aunt phoned Gaga the next day to offer their support because they had no idea of Gaga's terrible experience.
She posted on Instagram: "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."
Gaga added, "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."
Revisit Gaga's performance below: