She’s a survivor. On Sunday, February 28, Jaime King divulged in a revealing tweet to Lady Gaga that she was abused as a minor. The very next day, the actress took to Instagram to acknowledge the doctors and her famous friends who have helped her make peace with her past.
Inspired by Gaga’s powerful 2016 Oscars performance of “Til It Happens to You,” which was dedicated to victims of sexual abuse, King, 36, tweeted: “Thank you @ladygaga – I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave.”
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) February 29, 2016
In a follow-up Instagram post, she called herself a “SURVIVOR” and then thanked the pop star, 29, for “breaking me whole last night and tonight!” She also gave shout-outs to celeb besties “TS” (presumably Taylor Swift) and Lena Dunham, as well as the medical staff who have long stood by her side.
SURVIVOR – Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole | My children | @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up| Dr. Randy Harris for YEARS of empathy | Michael Hayes @awaketolove ~ there are no words | Dr. Allan Phillips | @erikaklein | @ladygaga | @official_dionne_warwick for breaking me whole last night and tonight| TS I love you for being there no matter what| Thank you to the only people I have told | Thank you to @damhave ~ you know why | Thank you @hooligandreamer| Thank you @amandadecadenet | Thank you to @unwomen & all organizations that have tirelessly worked to somehow comfort & make right | Thank you to myself to not choosing to not make this a cover story though that was what was suggested to me but to express from my heart to you all personally which felt the most honest way for me to speak | Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you. It's a night of celebration, of change, of not being ashamed of your race, creed color, situation, circumstances and environment, or past. Now I am free, somewhat. Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am. I love you all very much for creating a safe space. The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still ❤️
“Thank you to the only people I have told…Thank you to myself to not choosing to not make this a cover story though that was suggested to me but to express from my heart to you all personally which felt the most honest way for me to speak,” the Hart of Dixie star wrote alongside a throwback photo of herself. “Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you.”
“Now I am free, somewhat. Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am. I love you all very much for creating a safe space,” she concluded. “The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still.”
Though the actress did not go into detail about what she endured in her adolescence, her revelation is certainly in line with the current conversation in pop culture surrounding abuse. In addition to Gaga speaking out about the issue, “TiK ToK” singer Kesha has been vocal about her experiences with sexual, physical and emotional abuse during her much publicized court battle with Dr. Luke, who has denied her accusations.
"I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her," the music producer tweeted on Monday, February 22. "Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister."
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