Lady Gaga wants you to reach out to those you see suffering.
The Oscar-winning triple threat has long been publicly open about her mental health struggles and the trauma she has suffered over the years, but in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle, the star has newly shared a part of her history previously kept private.
While discussing the rapes she suffered as a teenager and the various trauma she has carried through her career, Gaga told Winfrey, “I have PTSD. I have chronic pain. Neuropathic pain trauma response is a weekly part of my life. I’m on medication; I have several doctors. This is how I survive.”
However, “I kept going,” the star continued, “and that kid out there or even that adult out there who’s been through so much, I want them to know that they can keep going, and they can survive, and they can win their Oscar. I would also beckon to anyone to try, when they feel ready, to ask for help. And I would beckon to others that if they see someone suffering, to approach them and say, ‘Hey, I see you. I see that you’re suffering, and I’m here. Tell me your story.'”