“In the past few years, Lady Gaga has spoken out time and again about the mental and physical pain she’s experienced due to her fibromyalgia, mental health issues, and ongoing trauma from the sexual assault she experienced at age 19. On Monday night, while being honored at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles, Gaga delivered a powerful and emotional address about this “tornado of pain,” calling on everyone in the audience (and beyond) to come together to create a more loving, supportive, and inclusive world.
The A Star Is Born actor started by discussing her wardrobe choice for the event: Rather than choosing one of her signature Old Hollywood–style corseted ballgowns, which she said were making her feel “sick to my stomach,” Gaga wore a baggy, oversized Marc Jacobs pantsuit. “This was an oversized men’s suit made for a woman. Not a gown. And then I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. And then wondering what I wanted to say tonight become very clear to me,” she said. ‘As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today, I wear the pants.'”