Lady Gaga got personal on on NBC's ‘Today’ show, revealing that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The singer recently visited the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth located in Harlem, she did so on behalf of the #ShareKindness campaign, Today and NBCUniversal's celebration of kind acts both big and small.
"I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD,’" she said in the interview. "I've never told anyone that before. So here we are. But the kindness that's shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life."
"Meditation helps me to calm down," Gaga told the kids. "I don't have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness. And I struggle with that mental illness every day, so I need my mantra to help keep me relax. “
"Kindness, to me, is an action of love or a showing of love to someone else," the pop singer said. "I also believe that kindness is the cure to violence and hatred around the world. I like to share kindness in a lot of different ways."
"I love to give things to people that have nothing or less than me. These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors; they've been rejected in some kind of way," she said. "My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others."
Gaga first revealed in a 2014 interview with “The Horward Stern Show” that she had been raped as a teenager. Her Oscar-nominated song, "Till It Happens To You," from ‘The Hunting Ground’, was directly influenced by her experience, which she didn't share with anyone for seven years.
Gaga highlighted the new interview on her Twitter account Monday. “Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world,” she wrote, linking to a video of the interview. “Secrets keep you sick w/ shame.”