Lady Gaga recorded “Til It Happens to You” for the film The Hunting Ground, a documentary about alleged rape on campus. It’s a subject Gaga is personally familiar with.

Gaga, who’s nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel, opened up about being raped at 19 in a Thursday TimesTalks session. She elucidated on the trauma of that experience.

“When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” she said. “For many people it has almost like trauma, where you re-experience it through the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress.”

Gaga also talked about her relationship to “Til It Happens to You.”

“Diane [Warren, her co-writer] ] will tell you, it was really hard for me when (the song) came out. I was really stressed out about it.” Gaga said. “Every time I listen to it, I cry. Every time I get a text about it, I always feel sick. It’s like this thing you don’t want to face. But because she wanted to face it with me, it reminded me of what the song is for.”

Watch Gaga’s emotional talk above.


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