Soon after she walked off the Academy Awards stage, Gaga posed with the 50 survivors who joined her during the song and simply captioned the image: "51 surviving and thriving".
She also posted a photo with her fiance, which was captioned: "l 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."
Now, Gaga has opened up even more about surviving sexual abuse at the age of 19 and revealed that a lot of her family, including her grandma, had no idea about her experience until they watched the Oscars because she was simply too ashamed to tell them. Read her moving story below:
My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) 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
We love you, Gaga.