Pop sensation Lady Gaga has revealed that she was raped as a teenager and she went through emotional therapy to recover from the incident.
During a candid interview with Howard Stern on his show, Lady Gaga, 28, recalled how she was sexually assaulted when she was around 19-years-old, but she only spoke of the incident now because she does not want "to be defined by it." She claimed that she was then raped by a man who was 20 years older than her.
Lady Gaga made the claim after the host asked her about the meaning of her song Swine on his radio show. Howard Stern suggested that the song showed sexual assault and then he asked if she had been raped by a record producer.
"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," Gaga replied after Stern asked her.
"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?'" she said.
"Because it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I went, ‘Wow, that was really messed up. You were 20 years older than me. I was a kid," Gaga said at the show.
Gaga said that she did not divulge information about the assault before because she did not want the attacker to receive any credit for her motivation to succeed.