While promoting A Star Is Born on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday, the topic turned to politics. The pop star and actress gamely said “bring it on” because she’s so disturbed by the political climate in the United States, starting from the top — with the president — down. President Trump’s mockery of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford left her feeling like she needed to clarify some things for the reality TV star turned president.
“I’ll tell you something — because I am a sexual assault survivor,” she said. “Trump the other day was speaking in a rally and said, ‘She has no memory of how she got to the party. Should we trust that she remembers the assault? And the answer is yes!”
She continued: “I’ll tell you exactly why. And I also know that this woman is smart because she’s a psychologist; she’s no dummy. If someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there is scientific proof — it’s biology — that people change. The brain changes. What it does is it takes the trauma and it puts in a box and it files it away and shuts it so that we can survive the pain.”
Gaga says that the trauma “also does a lot of other things,” including causing “body pain,” “anxiety,” and the “complete avoidance of wanting to remember what happened to you.”
She went on to say that she thinks Ford was “triggered” when she learned Kavanaugh was going to be appointed to the highest position of power in our judicial system. “And that box opened,” she said. “When that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world to protect this country.”
In a recent interview with Vogue, Gaga talked about being raped at 19, something she first revealed years earlier in a 2014 interview with Howard Stern. She said it “took years” to come to terms with what had happened to her. “No one else knew,” she said. “It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal.”
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