Lady Gaga Pays Tribute To 'Real Man' Taylor Kinney At Oscars

'I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me.'

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Lady Gaga has paid tribute to fiance Taylor Kinney as she gave a striking performance at the Oscars.

The singer performed a powerful rendition of 'Til It Happens To You' from 'The Hunting Ground', for which she was nominated in the Best Original Song category alongside co-writer Diane Warren.

The documentary film explores the rise of campus rape in the US, a topic particularly close to the 29-year old.

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In December 2014, Gaga revealed that she was a victim of rape when she was assaulted aged 19 by a man 20 years her senior.

Taking a break from her performance preparations, she posted a touching image of herself and Kinney, to whom she became engaged last year, to Instagram with the caption: 'I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me. He's stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. THATS a real man.'

Earlier in the evening she also took a moment to publicly acknowledge Kesha's current situation, tweeting:

Gaga's Oscars performance was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, who praised her as 'good friend and courageous survivor'.

He received a standing ovation for his speech about the topic, which urged viewers to sign up for itsonus.org and take a pledge to that they 'will intervene in situations where consent cannot or has not been given.'

Lady Gaga has also previously spoken of the importance of the song to her wider family; Her aunt, Joanne, was sexually assaulted at college, and the subsequent torment worsened her prevailing lupus, resulting in her death.