During a recent interview with Howard Stern, Lady Gaga made the shocking revelation that as a teenager she was raped by a record producer who has not been identified. The stunning reveal came after Stern discussed a past performance in which the singer had a person vomit green paint on her while on stage. That performance inspired heavy criticism as many believed it was glorifying bulimia. The 28-year-old singer told Stern that since she wrote a song about rape and demoralization then she would degrade herself on stage in a way of saying that no one else could degrade her as much as she could.
When Stern tried to discuss the topic of rape further, Gaga tried to change the subject to something more neutral and less upsetting, however the radio host pressed the singer for more information on not only her reference to rape within the song but if she herself had been raped. Stern told the singer that this was an important topic and mentioned some of Gaga’s own feelings on the situation such as how uncomfortable she felt in a studio. During the interview Stern point blank asked the singer if she had ever been raped.
In response to Stern’s direct line of questioning, Gaga stated that as a teen she experienced horrific events, including the rape by a producer when she was only 19 years old. Although she did not go into specifics about the encounter, the singer did mention that she had gone through years of therapy, both physical and mental in order to overcome what happened to her. Gaga told Stern she was able to be happy now but at one point she was just a shell of who she once was and who she is now. She said while her music has done wonderful things for her, at the time she was in Catholic School and then these things happened and she did not know if this was what happened with adults. She described herself as being naive at the time.
As she discussed the incident with Stern, Gaga said, at the time, she was so traumatized by the situation that she just had to keep going. She admitted that directly after the rape it did not affect her but by four to five years later it had really hit her that she had been sexually assaulted. Gaga even told Stern, at one point, she would not even admit anything had happened to her. The singer did not want all of her creativity and music to be defined by what she had gone through.
Stern asked if she had ever confronted the man who raped her as a teenager and Gaga said she thought it might terrify her and that she had seen him once in a store and froze upon seeing him. She said that the man in question told people that they had once dated, to which Gaga’s response was how can someone 20 years older than her call that a date since she was just a kid at the time. The singer told Stern that it had taken her a long time to feel strong again.
By Kimberley Spinney
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