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Lady Gaga Was Raped At 19— ‘It Changed Who I Was Completely’

Lady Gaga Raped At 19 Didn’t Tell Anyone
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Dec. 11 2015, Published 6:27 p.m. ET

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Lady Gaga Raped At 19 Didn’t Tell Anyone
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Music megastar Lady Gaga was raped at 19 years old. The singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, kept it a secret for years before admitting it to anyone.

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Lady Gaga heads out for the night in NYC

Lady Gaga heads out for the night in NYC
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Gaga, 29, spoke candidly about the traumatic event at a TimesTalk Q&A on Dec. 11 about the college campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground, for which she penned a song.

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney depart their apartment on the way to the Billboard awards in NYC

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney depart their apartment on the way to the Billboard awards in NYC

“I didn’t tell anyone for, I think, seven years,” Gaga revealed. “I didn’t know how to even think about it, I didn’t know how to accept it, I didn’t know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It’s something that really changed my life, it changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts.”

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Lady Gaga struts her stuff in a white suit in NYC

Lady Gaga struts her stuff in a white suit in NYC

Gaga admitted to not only the physical pain but the mental and emotional effects that resonate for years and years.

Lady Gaga leaves recording studio in London at 6.30am with Mark Ronson

Lady Gaga leaves recording studio in London at 6.30am with Mark Ronson
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She also explained feelings of guilt and self-blame saying, “After it happened, I’m like, ‘But what did I do in my life to bring it upon myself?’ Maybe there was some sort of religious guilt attached to it, that I had somehow inspired the violence,” she said. “… For me, because of the way that I dress and the way that I’m provocative as a person, I thought I had brought it upon myself in some way, that it was my fault. I just never even told anyone.”

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