New York Daily News
Lady Gaga is opening up about being raped at 19 and how the traumatic experience led her to suffer a “total psychotic break” years later.
The Manhattan-born pop superstar revealed the trauma she suffered as a young artist in the first episode of “The Me You Can’t See,” Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry’s new Apple TV+ series that debuted Friday.
During the emotional interview, the 35-year-old Oscar and Grammy-winning artist recalled when a male music producer, whom she did not name, told her to take her clothes off.
“I said no. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all my music. And they didn’t stop. They didn’t stop asking me, and then I just froze and I just — I don’t even remember,” she said, crying.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, said that her trauma would manifest years later. She was admitted to a hospital for pain and numbness, and ended up seeing a psychiatrist.
She couldn’t feel her own body, Gaga said. Then she felt “full-on pain,” and was sick for weeks.
“I realized that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner, at my parents’ house, because I was vomiting and sick. Because I had been being abused, and I was locked away in a studio for months,” she said.
Gaga says her experience as a teen led her to suffer a mental breakdown years later
“I had a total psychotic break, and for a couple years I was not the same girl,” she said. “The way that I feel when I feel pain was how I felt after I was raped.”
The “Poker Face” singer, who first talked about her traumatic experience in 2014, added that she doesn’t feel comfortable naming her attacker.
“I understand this #MeToo movement, I understand that some people feel really comfortable with this, and I do not,” she continued. “I do not ever want to face that person again.”
“The Me You Can’t See” is a five-part series that tackles mental health issues. All episodes are now streaming on AppleTV+.
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