Lady Gaga discussed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which she suffered after “being raped repeatedly” at the age of nineteen.
The singer spoke extensively about her mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey
“I was raped again and again when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of the rape and also because that trauma was not treated,” Gaga said.
Gaga said the abuse was carried out by someone she knows. “I suddenly became a star and I was traveling the world going from a hotel room to a garage to a limousine to a theater, and I never dealt with it, and then suddenly I started to feel this amazing intense pain all over my body that mimics the illness I felt after I was raped.”
In 2019, Gaga apologized for collaborating with R Kelly after he was arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault of young women. The couple worked together on the 2013 song “Do What U Want (With My Body)”.
At the time, she posted a statement on social media saying the allegations she had heard against Kelly were “extremely horrific and untenable”.
“As a victim of a sexual assault myself, I made the song and the video at a dark time in my life,” she wrote.
During the hour-long interview with Winfrey, Gaga also discussed her battle with fibromyalgia and romantic rumors surrounding her and Bradley Cooper, who starred alongside her in A Star is Born.
“We did a really good job fooling everyone,” she said. “We created that.”