Lady Gaga, 30, opened up to the world about her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In November, while in New York, Gaga visited the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT and spoke out about her mental illness.
Although the comments were made a month ago, the interview was not aired until the last week of December 2016.
At the age of 19, she was raped by a man who was one year older, which can be heard in her song “Til It Happens To You.”
However, despite speaking openly about it, the distressing experience still haunts her, even many years later, according to the singer.
“I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness,” she stated in an NBC News interview.
“I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”
The Grammy award-winning singer has since advocated mental illness and gave a powerful statement to Today.
“These children are not just homeless or in need; many of them are trauma survivors, they’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
Since the tragic incident, she has reached out to the youth to remind them that they are not alone battling a traumatic event or abandonment.
“We are in this together.”
Carl Siciliano the youth center’s founder and Executive Director recently spoke with CNN about the singer’s involvement in the LGBT community.
“Lady Gaga has always been extraordinarily supportive of the LGBT community,” she told CNN.
“She was remarkably unguarded, open and available to each individual young person.”