Lady Gaga Reveals She Has PTSD From Being Raped At 19

Lady Gaga reveals she has PTSD, a mental illness the singer/songwriter says stems from being raped when she was 19 years old.

In 2014, Gaga revealed on the Howard Stern Show that she’d had a non-consensual sexual encounter with a music producer at the age of 19

During a recent taping of NBC’s “Today” show Gaga visited the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she spoke with homeless LGBT Youth.  During her conversation Gaga revealed that being raped at 19 has caused her to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are,” the singer said.

“But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life.” she added. “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”

The singer/songwriter spoke with NBC’s “Today” show as a part of the Share Kindness campaign – a partnership between Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and NBC Universal.

“These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way,” she said.

“I am no better than any of those kids. And I’m no worse than any of them,” she added. “We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we’re in this together.”

During the segment Gaga did a meditation exercise with the group to show them how she deals with stress.

“Meditation helps me to calm down,” she told the group.

“I don’t have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that mental illness every day, so I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed.”

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