Lady Gaga's Family Didn't Know She Had Been Raped Until Her Oscars Performance

At this year's Academy Awards, Lady Gaga performed a touching rendition of her Oscar-nominated song, “Til It Happens to You.” Her performance struck a chord with everyone in the audience, as well as people watching from home. 

But it seems members of Lady Gaga's own family were surprised to find out that the singer is a survivor of rape. Although she publicly revealed this fact back in 2014, some of Gaga's relatives—including her grandmother and her aunt—were unaware of her personal ordeal.

In a sweet post on Instagram, she shared a photo of her grandmother and aunt—the caption details their reactions the day after her performance. While Gaga was long afraid to come to terms with this truth in front of her family, their response is beyond touching.


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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