Lady Gaga praises 'warrior' Jaime King for sharing abuse story
Lady Gaga says Jaime King is a "warrior" for bravely revealing she suffered "years of abuse as a minor".
The 'Hart of Dixie' actress took to her Twitter account to thank Gaga for giving her the courage to speak out about the sexual abuse she went through as a young girl after she watched the singer's moving performance of 'Til It Happens To You' at the Academy Awards on Sunday night (28.02.16).
Gaga - who was the victim of rape at the age of 19 - was joined on stage by other survivors of sexual abuse with slogans such as 'Survivor', 'You Are Love' and 'Not Your Fault' written on their forearms as she sang the track, which she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the campus rape documentary 'The Hunting Ground'.
Taking to her own Twitter account to praise Jaime for sharing her abuse story, Gaga tweeted: "@Jaime_King you are so brave to come forward, a warrior leading the way. I don't feel alone any more watching this happen is unreal. (sic)"
Gaga also took to her Instagram account to recount her first day of rehearsals for the Oscars with the other victims,
The 29-year-old musician - who is engaged to Taylor Kinney - admitted she broke down in front of those brave ladies as the whole experience was very therapeutic for her and has helped her deal with the mental anguish her own attack has caused her over the last decade.
She wrote on the social networking site: "The first day of rehearsal with all the survivors I could barely get myself together. My body was wrecked with inflammation and pain, crying and shaking the whole walk to the stage. The whole night before I did not sleep. The fear of knowing I would finally face that I belonged in that group. I told them I was so sorry I couldn't be Lady Gaga for them, that I couldn't even get dressed. I could barely get through the song, couldn't hit any of the high notes. Hair wet, sloppy tee shirt jeans uggs, tissues. They all hugged me and told me that it was okay because it was more real this way, that they understood that they were in pain too. They told me they were there for me to support me because they believed this message needed to be heard. Without them I never could have felt strong. They accepted me for me, at my lowest and that was good enough for them, so somehow through the magic of their courage they made it good enough for me too. (sic)"