Lady Gaga’s performance at the Oscars was highly emotional, revealing a dark side of the singer’s past. In fact, Gaga’s grandmother Ronnie was shocked to find out that her granddaughter had been sexually abused before.
Lady Gaga had performed “Til it Happens to You” from the soundtrack of the documentary about sexual assault and rape on college campuses “The Hunting Ground.” When Vice President Joe Biden introduced the singer along with 50 sexually abused individuals, little did the audience know that Gaga was sexually abused, too. The Oscars 2016 performance garnered a standing ovation.
According to ABC News, by the time the performance was done, Gaga received a call from her grandmother who was shocked to learn that her granddaughter was, in fact, a victim of sexual abuse. The “American Horror Story: Hotel” actress posted on Instagram a photo of her grandmother with the captioned, “My grandmother and my Aunt Sheri 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. 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.”
She also posted a photo of herself kissing fiancé Taylor Kinney and captioning it with, “I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me. He’s stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. THATS a real man.”
In other news, Vanity Fair reports that Gaga’s “Til it Happens to You” reached iTunes Top 10. It served as inspiration for Jaime King and Bachelor contestant, Jade Roper, to come forward and share their history of sexual abuse.
Lady Gaga’s Oscars 2016 performance of “Til it Happens to You” happened after she publicly showed support for Kesha, another singer who’s currently facing a legal battle against Sony and claiming to have been sexually abused by her producer, Dr. Luke.