Lady Gaga reveals battle with PTSD after rape
The pop icon admitted to battling with the mental illness in an interview at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian (LGBT) youth. Photograph: (Getty)
American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga disclosed on Monday that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after she was raped as a teenager.
The pop icon admitted to battling with the mental illness in an interview at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian (LGBT) youth.
"I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness -- I suffer from PTSD," said Gaga, speaking to NBC television's "Today Show" program, news agency AFP reported.
Gaga had revealed two years ago that she was raped at age 19 that had left her emotionally weak.
Gaga, now 30, urged the youths at the Ali Forney Center shelter to find the courage to face their problems.
"I don't have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness, and I struggle with that mental illness every day," she said.
"I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed. You are brave. You are courageous."
Gaga has long championed the right of sexual minorities. She thanked the shelter residents on Twitter for "sharing your stories, trauma & pain".
To the LGBTQ's @AliForneyCenter thank you for sharing your stories, trauma & pain with me & the world today. Your kindness is contagious. ??— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) December 5, 2016
(WION with inputs from AFP)