In a shocking confession to radio host and personality Howard Stern yesterday, singer and pop sensation Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was 19.
Although Gaga didn’t directly bring up the abuse that she suffered almost a decade ago, her references to degradation, demoralization – and also empowerment – sparked Stern to ask the question, “Were you raped?”
You keep alluding to- were you raped by a record producer? Was that what happened to you?
Gaga initially deflects the question with laughter and pleasantries, but goes on to confess that she “went through some horrific things,” and that sexual assault “happens every day, and it’s really scary, and it’s sad.” This is the first time that Lady Gaga has spoken about this traumatic experience, but she confessed that it has also made her stronger.
I didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t tell anybody. And I didn’t even tell myself for the longest time.
With years of work and therapy, Gaga says that she is happy and healthy now. She also admitted that her 2013 single “Swine” was written about rape. She goes into detail, saying that the song is proof of how she can degrade herself more than anyone else, giving her control over her body and person that no one else can take away.
But why hasn’t Gaga ever told anybody about the rape or the identity of her abuser? The singer made it clear to Stern that she does not want this experience to define her:
I’ll be damned if somebody’s going to say that every creatively intelligent thing I ever did has boiled down to one dickhead that did that to me. I’m going to take responsibility for all of my pain, looking beautiful, and all the things I’ve made out of my strife.
Listen to “Swine” below:
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