Celebrities of course aren't immune to the problems that millions of individuals face day in and day out. And due to their polarizing status, the issues that such icons deal with can often times be magnified and intensified even more so.
Seemingly never one to shy away from showing her support for the voiceless as well as those in need, Lady Gaga has today revealed some traumatic details from her own life. She has previously disclosed of being raped at the age of 19, but now she tells of how she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the sexual assault.
"I suffer from PTSD," she told interviewers at the Ali Forney Center, a shelter serving homeless LGBTQ youth, during a clip that aired via the Today show earlier today. "I've never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it's really saved my life."
Gaga then went on to discuss how her own trauma has helped her understand difficult times that others go through.
"I don't have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness. And I struggle with that mental illness every day," she told the group of young people at the Ali Forney Center. "I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed." She guided them through a mantra that helps her remember the positive in life: "You are brave, you are courageous."