Some of Lady Gaga's family members had no idea she's a rape survivor until they watched her perform at the Academy Awards last weekend.
Gaga performed "Til it Happens to You," the song she and Diane Warren wrote for the campus rape documentary "The Hunting Ground." She was accompanied by 50 female, and male, rape survivors -- many of whom with "Unbreakable" and "Not your Fault" written on their arms.
Gaga shared a photo Tuesday on social media of herself with her grandmother and aunt. She captioned it "My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor. I was too ashamed. Too afraid. And it took me a long time to even admit it to myself because I'm Catholic and I knew it was evil but I thought it was my fault. I thought it was my fault for ten years."
She continued "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.' Something I have kept a secret for so long that I was more ashamed of than anything -- became the thing the women in my life were the most proud of. And not just any women, the ones I look up to the most. #BeBrave #speakup."