Oprah invited Lady Gaga to speak on her 2020 Vision Tour about mental health in Fort Lauderdale.
Lady Gaga had an emotional interview with Oprah herself and briefly explained how her rape at 19 caused her to have PTSD.
Lady Gaga has been very quiet about the details of the ordeal. She explained that she was raped "repeatedly". Other interviews, like her cover with Vogue, explained that the incident happened from a man she knew in her childhood, a music producer who was 20 years older. It took her years before she told anyone about the rape. She did not get help from a doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist. In fact soon after her rape Lady Gaga was thrown into stardom.
"I all of a sudden became a star and was travelling 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."
It was not until years later that Gaga sought help for her trauma. Now she is doing much better with the help of therapy, doctors, and medication. She explained to Oprah that her hope is to help the future generation. Most importantly, Gaga recognizes it is hard to get the treatment she receives without financial resources.
"All the thing's I've been through, I think they were supposed to happen. I was supposed to go through this. and I think it happened because God was saying to me, 'I'm going to show you pain and then your're going to help other people who are in pain because you're going to understand it. Now I'm in problem-solving mode!"
Watch Oprah's reaction after the interview below: