When I was 19, a producer raped me - Lady Gaga

The producer allegedly threatened to burn her songs if she did not remove her clothes
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Lady Gaga [Jason Merritt, Getty Images]

Lady Gaga, an American singer, has disclosed that when she was 19 years old, she was raped by a music producer.

The singer revealed the event as one of her darkest times during an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's "The Me You Can’t See on Apple TV".

The producer allegedly threatened to burn her songs if she did not remove her clothes.

She also claimed that he mistreated her while she was imprisoned in a studio for several months.

“I felt a lot of pain when the person who raped me dropped me off pregnant on a corner, at my parent’s house, after months of abuse.

“He locked me away in a studio for months.

“I had a total psychotic breakdown and for a couple years, I was not the same girl.

“Even if I have six brilliant months, all it takes is getting triggered once to feel bad.

“And when I say I feel bad, I mean thinking about dying. I learned all the ways to pull myself out of it.

“I don’t tell this story for my own self-service, because, to be honest, it’s hard to tell,” she said.

“I feel a lot of shame about it. How do I explain to people that I have privilege, I’ve got money and power but I’m miserable?”

Lady Gaga, on the other hand, stated that by sharing her tale, she is seeking healing rather than sympathy.

“I’m not saying my story because I want people to cry for me. I’m good, but to heal you have to open your heart up to somebody.

“I’ve been through it and I know people need help. So, that’s part of my healing, being able to talk to you. I don’t ever want to face that person again,” she added.