Lady Gaga Claims She Was Raped As A Teenager

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In an interview Tuesday with Howard Stern, Lady Gaga revealed that she was raped at 19 by a man almost 20 years her senior.  While talking to Stern about a controversial performance of her song Swine, the US radio host said the lyrics suggested that she had been sexually assaulted by a record producer.

“Were you raped by a record producer? Was that what happened to you? […] I feel like you were raped by someone.”

The pop star then made the shocking confession and described her thoughts and emotions regarding the traumatic experience. She said she was very traumatized by the incident and was unable to come to terms with it until four or five years later.

“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?’ I was very naive. I was like, just keep going. […] I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened. I didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t even tell myself for the longest time.”

Gaga added that she was determined not to be defined by the horrible event.

“I’ll be damned if somebody is gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing I ever did is boiled down to one d******* that did that to me.”

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