Lady Gaga has opened up in one of the rawest interviews we've seen her do. She is wanting to help those suffering who were suffering like her.
For a long time now, Lady Gaga has been very open with her mental health struggles, but this new interview with Oprah with Elle magazine is her most revealing yet.
She goes into discussing how she experienced rape as a teen and the trauma she has faced during her career.
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.
"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.'"
They then moved to Gagas history of self-harm.
"I've actually not opened up very much about this, but I think it's an important thing for people to know and hear: I was a cutter for a long time, and the only way that I was able to stop cutting and self-harming myself was to realize that what I was doing was trying to show people that I was in pain instead of telling them and asking for help,"
She said to Winfrey.
"When I realized that telling someone, 'Hey, I am having an urge to hurt myself,' that defused it. I then had someone next to me saying, 'You don't have to show me. Just tell me: What are you feeling right now?' And then I could just tell my story."
It must take serious strength for Gaga to open up about this challenging topic, and we are so proud of how far she's come.