Lady Gaga calls PTSD struggle one of her 'deepest secrets'
Revelation made during filmed visit to centre for homeless LGBT youth
Lady Gaga has revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her rape at the age of 19.
The 30-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview broadcast on NBC's Today show on Monday.
Gaga was shown in a segment visiting a center for homeless LGBT youth in New York.
Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame ❤️Watch this video <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShareKindness?src=hash">#ShareKindness</a> <a href="https://t.co/Rynfxekz3Z">https://t.co/Rynfxekz3Z</a>—@ladygaga
She told a group that she has a mental illness that she struggles with every day and uses meditation to cope.
Gaga's appearance was part of a campaign to inspire kindness. She says the kindness that's been shown to her by doctors, family and friends has saved her life.
Gaga later said on Twitter that in telling her story, she shared one of her "deepest secrets" with the world.
To the LGBTQ's <a href="https://twitter.com/AliForneyCenter">@AliForneyCenter</a> thank you for sharing your stories, trauma & pain with me & the world today. Your kindness is contagious. ❤️—@ladygaga