Warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault
Lady Gaga has bravely opened up about being sexually assaulted by a music producer at the age of 19.
Appearing on Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s new series on Apple TV, The Me You Can’t See, Lady Gaga discussed more details about the sexual assault that she first disclosed to DJ Howard Stern in 2014.
The A Star Is Born actor described that she had a, “total psychotic break” and was “sick for weeks," after the assault:
“I was 19 years old and I was working in the business and a producer said to me, ‘Take your clothes off’, I said no, and I left, and they told me they were gonna burn all my music. And they didn’t stop… they didn’t stop asking me and I just froze and I just… I don’t even remember.”
Explaining why she will never name the producer who assaulted her, Gaga said, “I understand this #MeToo movement, I understand that some people feel really comfortable with this, and I do not. I do not ever want to face that person again. This system is so abusive, it’s so dangerous.”
Lady Gaga also opened up about becoming pregnant as a result of the assault: “I [couldn’t] feel my own body. First I felt full-on pain, then I felt numb, and then I was sick for weeks after. I realised that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner [by] 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.
“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.”
In 2016, Lady Gaga performed her single, 'Till It Happens To You', which is about surviving sexual assault, at the Oscars. She was joined on stage by other survivors of sexual assault in an incredibly moving performance.
If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on the website for Rape Crisis England and Wales or call the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999.
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