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Lady Gaga says she found it healing to speak pubicly about being raped aged 19

Lady Gaga has told how she felt like she was ‘living a lie’ by not sharing her rape ordeal and felt ‘more comfortable’ after speaking publicy about the assault.

The House Of Gucci star, 35, revealed last year that she fell pregnant after being raped by a music producer when she was 19 years old.

Gaga told how she had ‘total psychotic break’ following the assault, and purged herself by being physically sick for a period as a way of coping with the pain.

Candid: Lady Gaga has told how she felt like she was ‘living a lie’ by not sharing her rape ordeal and felt ‘more comfortable’ after speaking publicy about the assault

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, told Deadline: ‘I think that for me it was just a healing process because I’m in the public eye often.

‘At the time when I first started to come out of things that I was going through, I was in the public eye very frequently and followed all the time.

‘I really felt like I was living this big lie by not sharing what I was experiencing. And it actually helped me to share my life experiences because then my fans – or people that were following me…

‘People that were discovering me – they knew more of the human side of me. I just felt more comfortable in the world. It’s like living in your truth.’

Harrowing: The House Of Gucci star, 35, revealed last year that she fell pregnant after being raped by a music producer when she was 19 years old

Harrowing: The House Of Gucci star, 35, revealed last year that she fell pregnant after being raped by a music producer when she was 19 years old

She added that she recently spoke about Jake Gyllenhaal’s new film The Guilty with the actor and the quote at the beginning which reads ‘the truth that will set you free’, adding that she ‘truly believes’ that this is the case.

Gaga also called for a shift in the way sex crimes are discussed, and questioned why we call it ‘sexual’ assault rather than just assault, because it implies ‘something sexy about it’.

During the May 2021 premiere episode of Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s docuseries The Me You Can’t See, the songstress tearfully said that it took years to recover from the attack. 

Struggles: Gaga admitted she was still struggling with it when she accepted her Oscar for A Star Is Born in 2019

Struggles: Gaga admitted she was still struggling with it when she accepted her Oscar for A Star Is Born in 2019

Gaga admitted she was still struggling with it when she accepted her Oscar for A Star Is Born in 2019, telling the hosts: ‘It all started to slowly change, it took two and a half years to pull myself out of it’. In that time I won an Oscar – and nobody knew! 

Gaga recalled: ‘I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, “Take your clothes off”.’

‘And I said “no”. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all of my music. And they didn’t stop. They didn’t stop asking me, and I just froze and … I don’t even remember.’

Gaga recalled: 'I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, "Take your clothes off"

Gaga recalled: ‘I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, “Take your clothes off” 

Gaga, who has never mentioned the producer’s name for fear of seeing him again, said she blacked out amid the assault, and purged herself by being physically sick for an extended period as a way of coping with the pain. 

‘I was sick for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks after, and I realized that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner,’ she said.

She said she was ‘at [her] parents’ house amid the illness because she was ‘being abused’ and ‘locked away in a studio for months.’

Gaga said the incident left her scarred physically and emotionally, which lingers to this day.

The singer said a doctor advised her to see a psychiatrist for her chronic pain, leading to her diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

She said: 'And I said "no". And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all of my music. And they didn't stop. They didn't stop asking me, and I just froze and ... I don't even remember'

She said: ‘And I said “no”. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all of my music. And they didn’t stop. They didn’t stop asking me, and I just froze and … I don’t even remember’ 

She continued: ‘Years later I went to a hospital and they brought a psychiatrist in and I said “bring me a real doctor, why is there a psych here I can’t feel my body?”

‘First I felt full-on pain then I went numb and then I was sick for weeks and weeks after and I realised that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on the corner, my parents house, because I was vomiting.

‘I’d been abused, locked away in a studio for months. 

‘I wanna be able to tell everyone watching that I dry my tears now and move on, and you can come back from things like that. 

‘But when it hits you rally hard it can change you. I couldn’t feel anything, I disassociated, my brain went offline but you are in an ultra state of paranoia.’

Details: The singer spoke about the traumatic event during an appearance on The Me You Can't See, Prince Harry and Oprah's new show exploring mental health

Details: The singer spoke about the traumatic event during an appearance on The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry and Oprah’s new show exploring mental health 

Distressing: In the chat, the superstar singer said she felt physical numbness in the wake of the attack to cope with the trauma

Distressing: In the chat, the superstar singer said she felt physical numbness in the wake of the attack to cope with the trauma

She continued: ‘I had a total psychotic break, and for a couple years, I was not the same girl. The way that I feel when I feel pain was how I felt after I was raped. I’ve had so many MRIs and scans where they don’t find nothing. But your body remembers.’

Reflecting on her ongoing struggle, Gaga said: ‘It’s a real thing to feel like there is a black cloud that is following you wherever you go, telling you that you are worthless and should die. 

‘I used to scream and throw myself against a wall, and you know why its not good to cut, throw yourself against a wall and self-harm because it makes you feel worse.’

She also said that amid her emotional journey, she’d recently had to deal with impulses towards self-harm, explaining the rationale behind it. 

Inner turmoil: Gaga said she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as she struggled to cope with the trauma in the years after the attack (pictured in 2009)

Inner turmoil: Gaga said she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as she struggled to cope with the trauma in the years after the attack (pictured in 2009)

She said: ‘Even if I have six brilliant months, all it takes is getting triggered once to feel bad. And when I say I feel bad, I mean I want to cut. 

‘Think about dying. Wondering if I’m ever going to do it. I learned all the ways to pull myself out of it.’

‘You know why it’s not good to cut?’ she said. ‘You know why it’s not good to throw yourself against the wall? You know why it’s not good to self-harm? Because it makes you feel worse.

‘You think you’re going to feel better because you’re showing somebody, “Look, I’m in pain.” It doesn’t help.’  

Ongoing battle: Gaga opened up on how the incident left her scarred physically and emotionally, which lingers to this day

Ongoing battle: Gaga opened up on how the incident left her scarred physically and emotionally, which lingers to this day 

Offering advice to anyone in a similar situation who may be struggling, she said: ‘It’s so important to surround yourself with at least one person who validates you. There is a way to regulate yourself.’

Revealing how she helps herself, Gaga explained: ‘If I focus and I go “ok I’m going to wake up and do therapy or grounding or gratitude and I’m going to move my body and eat and do things I know are healthy for my body. If I do enough of these steps in a row, I keep going.

‘I go “Stefani be brave, you gotta be braver”. And then before I know it I’m standing in my backyard and I go “Ok I’m back”‘.

Despite feeling in a better place now, she admitted that she still struggles with her mental health, warning that an easy fix doesn’t exist. 

Devastating: 'The way that I feel when I feel pain was how I felt after I was raped. I've had so many MRIs and scans where they don't find nothing. But your body remembers'

Devastating: ‘The way that I feel when I feel pain was how I felt after I was raped. I’ve had so many MRIs and scans where they don’t find nothing. But your body remembers’ 

She explained: ‘The line that I walk it’s actually feeling like I want to cut myself and feeling like I don’t, are actually real close together. 

‘Everybody thinks it’s going to be like a straight line, that it’s like every other virus, that you get sick and then you get cured, you know? It’s not like that. 

‘And actually, I think that traps people because you get frustrated with yourself, “why am I not getting better, what is wrong with me?” 

‘And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with you. But there is something that’s not firing right, and that’s not easy’. 

Gaga insisted she isn’t looking for pity and just wants to tell her story to help others.

She said: ‘I don’t tell this story for my own self-service, because, to be honest, it’s hard to tell. I feel a lot of shame about it. How do I explain to people that I have privilege, I’ve got money, I’ve got power, and I’m miserable? How do you do that?

‘I’m not here to tell my story to you because I want anybody to cry for me. I’m good. But open your heart up for somebody else. Because I’m telling you, I’ve been through it and people need help. So, that’s part of my healing, being able to talk to you.’ 

Harrowing: She said: 'Even if I have six brilliant months, all it takes is getting triggered once to feel bad Think about dying. Wondering if I’m ever going to do it'

Harrowing: She said: ‘Even if I have six brilliant months, all it takes is getting triggered once to feel bad Think about dying. Wondering if I’m ever going to do it’

Gaga has formed a close bond with Oprah and the singer spoke about her mental health in an interview last year for the television personality’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour. 

The songstress said as well as being diagnosed with PTSD, she received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia – a condition that causes widespread pain and extreme tiredness.

She said: ‘I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma. 

Speaking out: Gaga has formed a close bond with Oprah and the singer spoke about her mental health in an interview last year for Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus (pictured)

Speaking out: Gaga has formed a close bond with Oprah and the singer spoke about her mental health in an interview last year for Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus (pictured)

‘I did not have anyone help me, I did not have a therapist, I did not have a psychiatrist, I did not have a doctor help me through it’, she said. 

‘I all of a sudden became a star and was traveling the world going from hotel room to garage to limo to stage, and I never dealt with it, and then all of a sudden I started to experience this incredible intense pain throughout my entire body that mimicked the illness I felt after I was raped.’

Gaga said how, after seeking help, she has found that medication has helped her. 

Brave: She said: 'I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma'

Brave: She said: ‘I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma’

She told Oprah: ‘Medication has helped me tremendously. I take an anti-psychotic. [If I didn’t take it] I would spiral very frequently and I would spasm in my sleep.’ 

The New York City native previously opened up about her experience in an interview with Howard Stern in 2014, saying that it inspired her song Swing.

She said: ‘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. 

‘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. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, “Oh, is this just the way adults are?”…I was very naive.’  

Using her voice: Gaga insisted she isn't looking for pity and just wants to tell her story to help others

Using her voice: Gaga insisted she isn’t looking for pity and just wants to tell her story to help others

What is post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

People with PTSD often suffer nightmares and flashbacks to the traumatic event and can experience insomnia and an inability to concentrate.    

Symptoms are often severe enough to have a serious impact on the person’s day-to-day life, and can emerge straight after the traumatic event or years later. 

PTSD is thought to affect about one in every three people who have a traumatic experience, and was first documented in the First World War in soldiers with shell shock.

People who are worried they have PTSD should visit their GP, who could recommend a course of psychotherapy or anti-depressants, the NHS say. 

 

Asked if she had ever confronted the rapist, who was 20 years older than her, she said: ‘I think it would terrify me. It would paralyse me.

‘I saw him one time in a store and I was so paralysed by fear. Because it wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I went, “Wow, that was really messed up.”‘ 

The Bad Romance singer told Stern that she did no speak about the assault at the time it has occurred, as she ‘was so traumatized by it that I just had to keep going and get out of there’.

She added: ‘It happens every day and it’s really scary and it’s sad and you know, it didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It was so hard.’

Gaga said that she initially ‘wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened,’ as she didn’t ‘want to be defined by it.

‘I’ll be damned if somebody’s going to say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d—head that did that to me. I’m going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful … I did that.’ 

In an interview with In Style last year, Gaga spoke about her mental health, six years after sharing her harrowing story.  

‘I think it took me some time to grieve about the things that have happened to me, and I couldn’t be angry with myself for how long it took,’ she said.   

‘I’ve been depressed and been at the grocery store and seen photos of myself and gone, “Well, I look like everything is good”. But I was secretly freaking out, and the world had no idea. Or some people in the world.

The singer added: ‘I hate using that phrase “the world”, it’s so egocentric to assume the whole world thinks about or knows about me. It doesn’t.’

Tough: In an interview with Oprah on his new show, Prince Harry revealed when he tried to ask his family for help when Meghan claimed she was feeling suicidal he was 'met with silence'

Tough: In an interview with Oprah on his new show, Prince Harry revealed when he tried to ask his family for help when Meghan claimed she was feeling suicidal he was ‘met with silence’

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