Lady Gaga Breaks Down During Her Women In Hollywood Acceptance Speech
She also used the speech to confirm her engagement.
Lady Gaga was one of many successful women who attended Elle magazine’s Women In Hollywood Awards last night.
While being honoured at the event, Gaga opened up about her struggles in the past including sexual assault and mental health in a passionate speech.
The 32-year-old singer was introduced onto the stage by Jennifer Lopez who said: “When they tell us to stay in our lane, we make a new one,” as she discussed Gaga’s impact on the industry.
During her speech, Gaga noted her decision to wear a suit over a gown to the event.
Revealing that she had tried on several gowns ahead of the event, she explained that she ultimately settled on a trouser suit as she didn’t want to perpetuate the notion that women are “members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public.”
She revealed: “As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.”
Gaga continued: “After I was assaulted when I was 19 I changed forever. Part of me shut down for many years. I didn’t tell anyone. I avoided it myself. And felt shame even still today standing in front of you.
“I feel shame for what happened to me. I still have days where I feel like it was my fault. After I shared what happened to me with very powerful men in this industry, nobody helped me.”
She continued: “No one offered my guidance or a helping hand to lead me to a place where I felt justice, they didn’t even point me in the direction of the mental health assistance I was in dire need of. Those men hid because they were afraid of losing their power. And because they hid, I began to hide. I hid for a long time until I started to feel physical pain.”
“Then I had to go to the doctor because I didn’t know what was wrong with me. And then I was diagnosed with PTSD and Fibromyalgia, which many people don’t think is real, and I don’t even know what the f**k to say about that.
“But I’ll tell you what it is. It’s a syndrome that is essentially a cyclone of stress induced pain. And I really wish my friend Lena Dunham was here tonight because I think she could probably articulate this much better than me. And I hope we can all agree that she’s a remarkable woman.
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Lady Gaga wearing Marc Jacobs Spring '19 to @ElleUSA's 25th Annual #ElleWIH Event. #MJSS19 – "This was an oversized men’s suit made for a woman. Not a gown. And then I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. And then wondering what I wanted to say tonight become very clear to me." — @LadyGaga. Link in bio to hear her powerful speech.
“Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma—these are just a few examples of the forces that can lead to this tornado of pain. So what I would like to say in this room of powerful women and men today is let’s work together to beckon the world towards kindness.
“I’m fortunate enough now to have the resources to help me. But for many, the resources either don’t exist or people don’t have the ability to pay for or access them. I want to see mental health become a global priority….
“For me, this is what it means to be a woman in Hollywood. It means, I have a platform. I have a chance to make a change. I pray we listen and believe and pay closer attention to those around us to those in need….Be a helping hand. Be a force for change.”
The singer-turned-actress also confirmed her engagement to boyfriend, talent agent Christian Carino, during the emotional speech.
Nearly a year since engagement rumours first sparked last November, Gaga thanked her “fiancé Christian” while accepting the honour.
Video: Lady Gaga gives an emotional speech after being honoured at ELLE's 25th annual Women in Hollywood Gala (Part 1) pic.twitter.com/p5Is2G9Hmp
— Ryan | Lady Gaga ?️? (@ryanleejohnson) October 16, 2018
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