Lady Gaga revealed on Monday that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but said kindnesssaved her life.
NBC aired a segment on “Today” showing the “Born This Way” singer’s recent trip to Ali Forney Center, a homeless shelter in Harlem for LGBT youth.
Lady Gaga brought gifts, including nail polish, hats, scarves and “comfy clothes” and shared her stories with the residents.
“I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD,” Lady Gaga told “Today.” “I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life.”
Lady Gaga revealed two years ago that she was raped when she was 19. She said she spoke about the trauma because she didn’t want to be defined by it. The Emmy-winning song “Til it Happens to You” appeared in “The Hunting Ground,” which is a 2015 documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.
Acknowledging that her pain isn’t the same as the homeless kids’, the singer-songwriter shared with the shelter residents how she re-centers herself with kindness when she is feeling the effects of her mental illness.
“These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way,” she said.
“I am no better than any of those kids. And I’m no worse than any of them,” she added. “We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we’re in this together.”
The Share the Kindness event was part of a partnership of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, “Today” and NBC Universal.
“Lady Gaga’s act of kindness today was a reminder that love still exists,” a resident said through tears.
“And that there is still some for me.”