Lady Gaga appeared on the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday and revealed to Stern that she had been raped at the age of only 19-years-old.
“I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years,” Gaga said in the interview.
“My music’s been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself. To be fair, I was about 19,” she added. “I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, ‘Oh, is this just the way adults are?'”
The topic was broached by Stern after Lady Gaga explained that she wrote the song “Swine” about sexual violence. “The song is about rape, the song is about demoralization, the song is about rage and fury and passion — and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release,” she said.
Gaga told Stern that she had not previously addressed the assault because she did not want “to be defined by it.”
“I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one dickhead [who] did that to me,” she said. “I’m going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful and all the things that I’ve made out of my strife. I did that.”
As Gaga told Stern, she never confronted the man after the incident. “I don’t know how I would react. It would terrify me. It would paralyze me,” she said. “I saw him one time in a store and I was so paralyzed by fear. It wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I went, ‘Wow, that was really messed up.'”
That is some pretty scary stuff! Let’s hope that someone will take something good away from her experience.
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