A poignant testimony. This Friday, May 21, the documentary series The Me You Can’t See, devoted to mental health and produced by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey was unveiled on Apple TV. If in it, the Duke of Sussex confides in his own psychological troubles by dropping new bombs on the royal family, he is not the only one to recount his experience. Throughout the episodes, the testimonies of many personalities intersect, including that of the singer Lady Gaga. The 35-year-old pop star notably spoke of a particularly traumatic memory of her youth, which left her with consequences against which she continues to struggle. Stefanie Germanotta, her real first name, spoke out about the terrible sexual assault she suffered at age 19.
At the very beginning of her career, the interpreter of Stupid Love was abused by a music producer who abandoned her, pregnant. “I was 19 and I worked in show business, and a producer said to me, ‘Take off your clothes.’ And I said no. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all my music. And they didn’t stop. ” she said before continuing with tears in her eyes, “They kept asking me, and I just froze and I … I don’t even remember.”
A rape that marked the artist both psychologically and physically. Lady Gaga indeed insisted on the unbearable pain experienced after her assault: “I first felt intense pain, then I became numb. And then I was sick for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks later, and I realized it was the same pain I felt when the person who raped me dropped me pregnant on a street corner, “she sadly revealed.
Lady Gaga facing post-traumatic stress disorder
If she then took the time to consult doctors but also psychiatrists after this terrible experience, the star suffered for a long time from post-traumatic stress disorder, which continues to haunt her: “I had a real crisis psychotic, and for a few years I wasn’t the same. What I felt when I felt pain was what I felt after being raped. I have had so many MRIs and scans where they can’t find nothing. But the body remembers. ” she found.
If she says she feels better today, after going through dark periods where she wanted to hurt herself, notably by self-mutilating, Lady Gaga is still in a permanent fight with herself to maintain her sanity. afloat. “Everyone thinks sanity is like a straight line, that you get sick and then you get well. It’s not like that.” she concluded.
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