Lady Gaga Struggled to Accept Abuse Survivor Status
She explains the group of survivors hugged her and showed her nothing but support, because they knew she was feeling their pain. “Without them I never could have felt strong,” she adds. “They accepted me for me, at my lowest and that was good enough for them, so somehow through the magic of their courage they made it good enough for me too.” Lady Gaga received widespread praise from her performance from fans and celebrities alike, including Kesha, who is currently embroiled in an ongoing sexual abuse lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke. Actress Jaime King also appeared to come forward with her secret past as a child abuse survivor with a telling post on Instagram, which featured a photo of herself as a teenager. “Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am,” she wrote. “I love you all very much for creating a safe space. The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still.”
The first day of rehearsal with all the survivors I could barely get myself together. My body was wrecked with inflammation and pain, crying and shaking the whole walk to the stage. The whole night before I did not sleep. The fear of knowing I would finally face that I belonged in that group. I told them I was so sorry I couldn’t be Lady Gaga for them, that I couldn’t even get dressed. I could barely get through the song, couldn’t hit any of the high notes. Hair wet, sloppy tee shirt jeans uggs, tissues. They all hugged me and told me that it was okay because it was more real this way, that they understood that they were in pain too. They told me they were there for me to support me because they believed this message needed to be heard. Without them I never could have felt strong. They accepted me for me, at my lowest and that was good enough for them, so somehow through the magic of their courage they made it good enough for me too.