Everyone is still talking about the most powerful moment from the Oscars— the image of Lady Gaga surrounded by survivors of campus sex abuse as she performed her Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You.”
Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, two of the brave women who joined Lady Gaga on stage, spoke to INSIDE EDITION about the moment.
Pino said: “She told us ‘Make them feel your pain’ and that's what was going on onstage.”
“It was this incredible moment of solidarity,” Clark said.
“It was about this huge statement we were making and knowing people in the Oscars, there in the audience and those at home, were affected by it.”
After her performance, Gaga posted backstage shots of her with the survivors to Instagram.
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. 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. 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.