Lady Gaga admitted to being raped as a teenager during an interview with Howard Stern earlier today.
The shocking comments were made when Howard questioned Gaga on how she felt when people judged her for having her best friend vomit paint on her body during a performance of her song, titled ‘Swine’.
The singer argued that the message behind the performance was way bigger than just being an odd thing to look at — because I’m sure nobody looked at that performance as anything other than disgusting. Gaga sticks by her point, saying it’s “art”.
She then added that ‘Swine’ actually talks about the subject of rape quite openly. She wanted her fans to know that nobody could “ever degrade me as much as I could degrade myself,” insinuating she was raped at some point in her life.
Howard was quick to question Gaga several times if she’s talking about herself in the situation of rape and whether she had been raped at one point, to which Gaga tries to play it off, adding: “Happy times! Let’s talk about happy times!”
Of course she wouldn’t want to talk about it and relive those horrible moments.
“I went through some horrific things [after leaving my Catholic school]. It happens every day, and it’s really scary, and it’s sad. It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going.’ Because I just had to get out of there.”
Gaga further added that it hasn’t stopped her from being the strong and independent woman she is known today. She goes on to say:
“I don’t want to be defined by it. I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d*ckhead who did that to me.”
Listen to the shocking audio below.
I love how Gaga didn’t milk this into “me, me, me”. She touched subject on it for the first time ever, and expressed her feelings towards the situation and what happened.
She handled herself really well.