Lady Gaga’s sullen “Till It Happens To You” music video will open your eyes.
Lady Gaga released her video with a message: you don’t know how it feels till it happens to you. Her official music video for the Diane Warren-penned song received an explicit black & white visual which explores the song’s theme of rape on college campuses.
The subject hits close to home for Lady Gaga who evokes an emotional delivery in the song. It premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and used for the “The Hunting Ground,” a 2015 documentary film about the sexual abuse that occurs on college campuses.
Gaga premiered the video overnight, Tweeting “@diane_warren & I made “Til It Happens To You” for people all over the world who suffer from painful life experiences. #TheHuntingGround. We hope u feel our love&solidarity through the song & perhaps find some peace in knowing u r not alone through this film #TilItHappensToYou.”
.@diane_warren & I made "Til It Happens To You" for people all over the world who suffer from painful life experiences. #TheHuntingGround— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 18, 2015
“I heard about [the film] and it just really touched me,” Warren previously told Billboard, “and she had stuff in her life that she could relate to. Gaga is one of the most talented artists I have worked with in my life and I’m excited about doing more with her.”
“There are a lot of levels to the song,” says Warren , who saw the finished film for the first time at the premiere. “There’s something very vulnerable about it and something very defiant about it, especially the way [Gaga] sings it. The first verse is vulnerable — ‘You tell me its going to get better?’ — and the second verse comes in and it builds. Really? It gets better? No. You don’t know until it happens to you.”
In an interview with Howard Stern last December, the pop superstar admitted that she was a victim of rape several years ago while in the music industry.
“I went through some horrific things. I’m able to laugh now because I’ve gone through a lot of mental, physical and emotional therapy to heal over the years.”
She said she was a shell of her former self years later after reflecting. “It happens every day and it’s really scary and sad,” Gaga continued. “It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later.” Her reason for not calling out her attacker? “I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened. I don’t want to be defined by it.”
Watch the emotional video below: