Lady Gaga Opens Up About Being Raped and Pregnant at 19

Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, says a producer, 20 years her senior, raped her and dropped her off ‘pregnant on a corner’ after locking her in a studio for months. The traumatic experience inspired her 2013 track “Swine.”

The singer, now 35, detailed her horrific experience in Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s Apple TV+’s docuseries “The Me You Can’t See,” released on Thursday. 

In an interview during the premiere episode of Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry’s docuseries on mental health released on Apple TV+, Lady Gaga emotionally reflects on the lasting effects of being sexually assaulted as a teenager, being pregnant, and coping with the abuse, by a producer she declined to identify. Her abuser demanded she take off her clothes or he would burn her music. 

“I just froze, and I- I don’t even remember,” the singer says of the assault. “And I will not say his name. I understand this Me Too movement, and I understand people feel real comfortable with this, and I do not. I do not ever want to face that person again.”

Gaga has been seeking medical treatment for physical pain years after being raped. She said the sensation of intense pain turning into numbness is recurring. 

“I realized that it was the same pain that I felt when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner by my parents’ house because I was vomiting and sick ’cause I’d been being abused,” she said, adding, “I was locked away in a studio for months.”

“The way that I feel when I feel pain is how I felt after I was raped. I’ve had so many MRIs and scans. They don’t find anything, but your body remembers. I couldn’t feel anything. I disassociated. It’s like your brain goes offline. You don’t know why no one else is panicking, but you are in an ultra state of paranoia,” she said in the interview.