Lady Gaga has revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her sexual assault at the age of 19.
The 30-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview broadcast on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday. Gaga was shown in a segment visiting a center for homeless youth in New York. She told a group that she has a mental illness that she struggles with every day and uses meditation to cope.
Gaga’s appearance was part of a campaign to inspire kindness. She says the kindness that’s been shown to her by doctors, family and friends has saved her life.
Gaga later said on Twitter that in telling her story, she shared one of her “deepest secrets” with the world.
“My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others,” Gaga told the “Today” show. “I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness. I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told that to anyone before, so here we are.”
“I don’t have the same kind of issues that you have,” she said, “but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that every day so I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed.”
Epoch Times contributed to this report.