In an admirable move of intense courage, Lady Gaga opened up about her own rape in a TimesTalk session to encourage other people to come forth with the "secrets that are killing them."

Filmed as a part of the campus-rape documentary The Hunting Ground, the pop star/actress shared her own sexual assault as a teenager and then not telling anyone for 7 years and how it "was something that really changed my life."

"I didn't know how to think about it. I didn't know how to accept it. I didn't know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault," she said. "It changed who I was completely. It changed my body." However, she also said she doesn't want that to get her or any of her fans down, encouraging them to open up whenever they're ready.

"We don't want you to keep your pain inside and let it rot like an old apple on your counter, you know?," she said. "It's like, just get rid of all that trash. Let's get rid of it together."

Amen, Gaga, amen.

[h/t US]

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