Lady Gaga keeps her promises.
The singer's Snapchat story revealed that she and her fellow sexual assault survivors, who joined her on the Oscars stage on Sunday during her "Til It Happens to You" performance, made a pact during rehearsals, and she kept her end of the bargain.
Gaga, along with the brave people who helped make her performance so memorable and powerful, each got a symbol tattooed on their body in solidarity. While some of the ladies chose their back or their wrist for the ink, Gaga chose to get the symbol on the back of her shoulder, and shared the final result with a black and white photo on Snapchat.
Gaga also posted a series of images on Twitter to reiterate that certain environments are not meant to be mistaken for places to make a sexual advances towards women. For instance, with a photo of an audio mixer in the studio, the text says, "This is not a bedroom. This is my office," and Gaga added, "
But that was just one example:
Gaga revealed through a candid and emotional Instagram post after her Oscars performance that rehearsals were especially difficult for her because of the "fear of knowing I would finally face that I belonged in that group."
The singer wrote, "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."
Luckily, she was able to get the support and love from her fellow survivors, who reassured Gaga that they understood what she was feeling.
"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," she continued. "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."