Pop superstar Lady Gaga has spoken out about the lasting pain and trauma of being sexually assaulted as a teenager, revealing she suffered a “total psychotic break” years after being left pregnant by her alleged rapist.
The Grammy award-winning singer — real name Stefani Germanotta — recalled her harrowing experience in an emotional appearance on the premiere episode of “The Me You Can’t See,” a new docuseries co-created by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health.
Gaga spoke through tears as she recounted the moment an unnamed producer demanded she take her clothes off before threatening to burn her music.
“I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, ‘Take your clothes off,'” she recalled.
“And I said no. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all my music. And they didn’t stop. They didn’t stop asking me, and then I just froze and I just … I don’t even remember.”
Gaga said she will not name her alleged attacker.
According to the “Poker Face” hitmaker, she was diagnosed with PSTD years later, after going to the hospital for chronic pain.
She went public with her diagnosis in 2016.
Gaga said everything came to a head with a breakdown from which she took years to recover.