Lady Gaga is the first celebrity guest to participate in Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour with WW.
Relying on her expert reportorial way of conducting interviews, Oprah got the Oscar-winner, 33, to open up about the creation of her Lady Gaga persona (she was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta).
Gaga bravely explained how trauma from her adolescence shaped her adulthood and eventually led to mental and physical well-being issues that at one point kept her from getting out of bed.
“I was raped repeatedly when I was 19 years old. I also developed PTSD as a result of being raped and not processing that trauma. I did not have anyone help me, I did not have a therapist, I did not have a psychiatrist, I did not have a doctor help me through it,” Gaga told Oprah, saying that after she earned success and fame in her early 20s, her body felt “intense pain” that mimicked the “illness” of being raped.
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