One of the most spectacular aspects of the 2016 Oscar’s was Lady Gaga’s performance.
The pop star was introduced on stage by Joe Biden and she went on to perform her song “Till It Happens To You”, a song about sexual assault survivors and is featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground about on-campus rape.
At the Oscars, the 29-year-old singer invited sexual assault survivors to join her on stage at the end of the performance and then they all held hands in unison when she finished singing.
According to reports, Lady Gaga’s family members did not know she had survived sexual abuse till after that performance.
Lady Gaga wrote on Instagram:
“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. 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”.
Lady Gaga also took to Instagram to appreciate her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. She wrote “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. ❤”
Watch the performance below.
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