Nearly two years after revealing on “The Howard Stern Show” that she had been raped at age 19, Lady Gaga stated on a segment of the “Today” show that she suffers from a mental illness. The singer said she has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something which she has never shared with anyone before. The “Joanne” singer went on to explain that it was the kindness shown to her by family, friends and doctors which helped her to heal, thus saving her life. The 30-year-old music and fashion trailblazer appeared on Monday’s airing of “Today” as part of the Share Kindness campaign.

The campaign is a partnership between the Born This Way Foundation, NBC Universal and “Today.”

In the segment, Lady Gaga spoke to the homeless LGBTQ youth at Brooklyn’s Ali Forney Center and was met with excited screams upon her arrival. Soon afterwards, things took a very serious turn when she pointed out that the children were not just homeless or in need, but many were also trauma survivors who were dealing with rejection. Noting that despite having money and fame, it was not the answer to happiness.

Gaga then shared her struggle with PTSD due to her sexual assault experience.

Fame and fortune cannot buy happiness

Recently, Lady Gaga expressed her support for rapper Kanye West who is on the road to mental health recovery. Last month, she posted a few messages praising the “Gold Digger” artist for his bravery and courage to cancel touring, putting his health first. Earlier today, Gaga tweeted about sharing one of her “deepest secrets with the world, stressing that secrets can keep you sick with shame.

Feeling free enough to live free

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga is becoming more and more transparent these days. This newfound freedom seems to not only help heal the singer/musician but it is inspiring others as well. Gaga broke off her engagement with actor Taylor Kinney over the summer, but there are some fingers crossed out there with the hope that all is not lost for these former lovebirds.

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