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Lady Gaga tells group of LGBT youth, ‘I suffer from a mental illness’

Musician Lady Gaga performs during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, November 30, 2016. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

During a visit to Harlem’s Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth on November 25, Lady Gaga revealed that she is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. She brought along gifts, clothes and donuts on her visit, which was documented for a segment on NBC’s Today show as part of a collaboration between the TV show and her “Born This Way” foundation. Gaga had previously revealed that she had been raped when she was 19 years old.  “My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others,” Gaga told the Today show. “I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness. I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told that to anyone before, so here we are.” Gaga spent a few hours at the center, leading a meditation exercise, discussing her own struggles with mental illness, taking selfies and performing “Million Reasons” off her latest album.

The center’s founder and Executive Director, Carl Siciliano, told CNN that about 75 percent of the youth come to the center after facing abuse from parents who can not accept their sexuality. “To have somebody so famous, celebrated and valued in our society kind of showed them that they are worth being cared about and worth being loved when they often feel so dramatically invalidated,” Siciliano said. “It was very moving and meaningful to them.”

Read the full story at CNN.

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