Oscar-winning actress and artist Lady Gaga has shared a painful part of her past during an interview in the new mental health docuseries, The Me You Can’t See.
In the AppleTV series helmed by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) recalls her "total psychotic break" after being raped as a teenager.
“I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, ‘Take your clothes off,’” she shared. “And I said no. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all of my music.”
“And they didn’t stop. They didn’t stop asking me, and I just froze and—I don’t even remember.”
“The person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner.”
She went on to share that she “felt full-on pain, then I went numb” after the abuse.
“I was sick for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks after, and I realized that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner, at my parents’ house, because I was vomiting and sick."
“Because I’d been abused. I was locked away in a studio for months.”
Gaga maintains that healing is not a linear act, as she went on to release her debut album The Fame two years after the incident while calling her healing a “slow rise”.
Germanotta advises those going through a similar experience to not be afraid to “tell somebody”, not just “show somebody” about what they’re going through.
"Open your heart up for somebody else, because I'm telling you, I've been through it and people need help."
“That's part of my healing, is being able to talk to you," she added.
Meanwhile, The Me You Can’t See docuseries will have other Hollywood celebrities and personalities opening up about their struggles in hopes of opening the conversation on mental health and well-being.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, NCMH’s crisis hotline is 0917-899-USAP (8727); (02) 7-989-USAP or 1553 (landline- toll-free).
Mental health advocacy group MindNation also has a 24/7 chat hotline that can be accessed here.
Photos from Lady Gaga's Instagram and The Me You Can't See trailer