Joe Biden Continues to Stan for Lady Gaga, Calls the Singer ‘Brave’ for Telling Her Sexual Assault Story

The Mother Monster has an ally in the White House.

Lady Gaga was once again introduced by Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday at a Las Vegas rally against sexual assault.

“Imagine the courage it takes for her to speak out and then imagine the courage it takes for her to sing a song, ‘Til It Happens to You,’ that is branded in her heart,” the politician said in his speech before welcoming the singer to the stage.

Gaga was at the University of Nevada event as part of the It’s On Us campaign. After greeting fans, she delivered a stunning performance of her Oscar-nominated song, “Til It Happens to You,” which she wrote after her own rape experience for Diane Warren’s documentary The Hunting Ground.

In February, Biden also introduced the Grammy-winning artist at the Academy Awards, saying, “Too many men and women around the country are still victims of sexual abuse … We must and we can change the culture so that no sexual abuse survivor thinks they did anything wrong.”

According to Gaga, some of her family didn’t know she was assaulted until watching her perform the ballad at the Oscars this year.

“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 wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”

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. 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 #tilithappenstoyou

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