“I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma,” said Gaga.
Trigger Warning: This story contains mentions of rape.
Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour on Saturday in Florida. This is her first national arena tour in five years, and her first guest was none other than Lady Gaga. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, the two of them had an hour-long discussion, during which Gaga spoke to Winfrey about everything from managing her fibromyalgia to her rumored relationship with A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper. Lady Gaga opened up about her struggle with fibromyalgia, describing that she was "head-to-toe in pain."
“What’s interesting about it is that I’ve found through neuropsych research and my relationship with my doctors that fibromyalgia can be treated through mental health therapy,” Gaga told Oprah. “And mental health is a medical condition, it should be treated as a medical condition. It should not be ignored.” Gaga then spoke about how she was raped by someone she knew growing up. “I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old, and I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and also not processing that trauma,” she said.
This was the time when she was rising to fame, but she was still in shock because she didn’t have a doctor or therapist to help her process her trauma. “I all of a sudden became a star and was traveling the world going from hotel room to garage to limo to stage, and I never dealt with it, and then all of a sudden I started to experience this incredible intense pain throughout my entire body that mimicked the illness I felt after I was raped,” revealed the 33-year-old singer.
Gaga later added that she strongly believes there should be mental health classes in schools. During the interview, she addressed the major rumors circulating during Oscar season about her and her co-star Bradley Cooper being in a relationship. Her breaking off the engagement and Cooper's split only added more fuel to fire, but apparently, there's nothing more to it than just the rumors. “We did a really good job at fooling everyone. We created that," said Gaga.
Oprah then said the audience: “It wouldn’t have worked if you didn’t believe they weren’t in love.” Honestly, I still find it hard to believe they made all that chemistry up because they seemed so in love, but if they say there's nothing, then maybe there isn't. Before letting her go, Oprah asked Gaga about when fans could expect her sixth studio album. “We’re having a self-care conversation but I’m still going to make music, don’t worry,” she replied. We need some more music, Lady Gaga!