Piers Morgan defends controversial PTSD comments after expressing ‘scepticism’ over Lady Gaga and Madonna rape claims

Controversial TV presenter describes post-traumatic stress disorder as 'the latest celebrity accessory'

Piers Morgan has stood by his controversial comments about PTSD in which he described himself as “sceptical” about Lady Gaga and Madonna‘s claims that they are victims of sexual assault.

Gaga recently posted a powerful open letter about suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, in which she described her suffering from the condition as a “daily effort” and urged others to “overcome their shame” that is usually associated with mental health problems. She had previously opened up about being raped as a teenager. In 2013, Madonna wrote about being raped at knifepoint in a magazine article.

Writing on Twitter at the weekend (December 10), Morgan said that it “angers” him when celebrities “claim PTSD about everything to promote themselves” because he comes from a “big military family”, describing it as “the latest celebrity accessory”. He also said that he “wouldn’t automatically believe anything either Madonna or Lady Gaga claimed about their lives”.

Emily Jacob, a rape survivor and founder of ReConnected Life, posted an open letter on Huffington Post in response to Morgan’s comments.

Jacob writes: “Piers, you seem to believe that it’s ‘convenient’ to ‘claim’ PTSD resulting from rape. Some more facts for you. One in two women who are raped will develop PTSD. PTSD is not confined to war veterans. Some other ways to develop PTSD – one in five firefighters will develop it, one in three teenage survivors of car crashes, two out of three prisoners of war. Let me repeat myself, 50% of women who are raped will develop PTSD. Shame on you for ridiculing this.”

“To all my sisters reading this, ignore him. Lady Gaga and Madonna are beacons of light for us to follow and draw inspiration from. Regardless of the ongoing symptoms of what we have experienced, we don’t need to feel broken or fragile. We can move on and be free, we can rebuild our lives in the vision we want, we can live reconnected.”

Morgan later tweeted about the article: “I don’t know who you are, let alone tell you that you weren’t raped.”

Find out more about PTSD and seek help here.

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan recently made headlines after Justin Bieber and Kanye West’s manager defended Cruz Beckham’s Christmas single after criticism from ‘bully’ Morgan.