As moving and emotional as Lady Gaga's Oscars performance of “Til It Happens to You" was for millions of strangers, it was even more so for Lady Gaga’s extended family, who did not know she had been a victim of rape until they watched the performance. On Tuesday, the superstar shared how her aunt and grandmother called her once they discovered she had been sexually assaulted at 19.
"I thought it was my fault for ten years," Gaga wrote in her Instagram post. "The morning after the Oscars when I talked to my grandmother Ronnie, with tears in her eyes I could hear them welling through the phone she said to me 'My darling granddaughter, I've never been more proud of you than I am today.'"
Gaga composed the song with Diane Warren for a CNN documentary called The Hunting Ground. The film analyzes sexual assault at colleges in the United States. In case you missed it, watch Lady Gaga’s full Oscar performance below.
50 survivors of sexual assault joined the singer on stage. They had the words "Not your fault" written on their arms. Gaga did not win the Oscar for Best Original Song, but her powerful performance definitely raised awareness about the problem of sexual violence.