Lady Gaga dropped a bomb on the Howard Stern show with the revelation that she was raped as a teen by a record producer, as reported by the Daily News. She talked about a bizarre part of her act in which she rides on a mechanical bull in her underwear and has someone spew fake vomit on her. She admitted this performance of the song “Swine” was about “rape” and “demoralization.”
“The song is about rage and fury and passion and I had a lot of pain I wanted to release, ” she said. With her provocative act, she wanted to say, “You know what? You could never, ever degrade me as much as I could degrade myself, and look at how beautiful it is when I do.”
Howard Stern seem puzzled, “You keep alluding to…were you raped by a record producer?”
Lady Gaga tried to dodge it, “I don’t want to … Happy times! Let’s talk about happy things!” She then explained that she “went through a lot of horrific things, ” but because of mental and physical therapy, “I’m able to laugh now.”
She kept the secret that she was raped by a record producer, 20 years her senior but whose name she didn’t mention, for several years and kept thinking to herself, “Just keep going.” Although she felt a need to unburden herself and talk about the incident, Lady Gaga absolutely insisted she does not want to be defined by it.
“I’ll be damned if somebody is going to say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to what that dickhead did to me. I’m going to take my responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful. All the things I’ve made out of my strife. I did that.”
Lady Gaga admitted to numbing the pain with alcohol, and while she told Stern she still drinks, she said it is important to “go to the source” of the problem rather than self-medicate.
One thing that infuriated Lady Gaga is the assailant’s claim that the two dated. However, there is one older man she has found that she can trust, and that is singing partner and legend Tony Bennett. The two have recently recorded an album of old standards called “Cheek to Cheek.”
She said of Bennett, “He’s not a father or a grandfather or an uncle–he’s a friend. He’s a brother. He’s everything. He wants nothing from me but my talent and my friendship. I think we should all be each other’s Tony Bennetts.”
Shortly after her interview with Stern, Mark Geragos, the lawyer of Kesha, who has accused record producer Dr. Luke of sexual assault, tweeted “bingo” to the conjecture that the Lady Gaga’s assailant was also Dr. Luke, but representatives of both Dr. Luke and Lady Gaga denied the allegations. Dr. Luke’s rep said the remarks were “completely false and defamatory.”
Gaga’s rep said, “This ridiculous, manufactured link between Lady Gaga and the Kesha/Dr. Luke lawsuit is utterly incomprehensible. This simply isn’t true and how dare someone try to take advantage of such a sensitive matter.”