While promoting her upcoming album “Chromatica,” Lady Gaga revisited being raped as a young woman.
The GRAMMY winner, 34, first spoke of her experience publicly in late 2014. Her Oscar-nominated song “Till It Happens To You” was featured in 2016’s “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary exposing the alarming ‘normalcy’ of sexual assault occurrences at American colleges.
The next year, Gaga headlined the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. In 2018, she would go on to collect GRAMMY, Academy, and Golden Globe Awards for her starring role in “A Star Is Born.”
But she was actually in immense pain behind-the-scenes.
Her most recent album, 2016’s “Joanne,” had a very strong singer/songwriter feel. Its stripped down sound became a perfect segue to the grungy remake of “A Star Is Born.”
But it was a drastic departure from Gaga’s dance-pop shtick that brought forth hits like “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way.”
Variety writes that “Chromatica,” out May 29th, “takes Gaga back to her dance-pop roots, while she promises that the messaging touches on more serious subject matter than ever before.”
On Thursday, the New York native told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about a new song called “Free Woman.”
Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, explained that “Free Woman” processes the shame she suffered after being “sexually assaulted by a music producer”
“It’s compounded all of my feelings about life, feelings about the world, feelings about the industry, what I had to compromise and go through to get to where I am.”
The song also shows the pop star shaking free of this shame and classifying herself as a survivor.
While recollecting the events to Oprah in January, Gaga said she “had no one helping [her]” walk through the trauma of being “raped repeatedly.”
“I just became a star, traveling the world.”
She was first raped at age 19, and was barely 22 when her debut single “Just Dance” skyrocketed to success.
Professional help was eventually sought. Along the way, she formed a fierce friendship.
This friendship is with “The Lion King” composer Elton John.
“Elton’s always really challenged me to take care of my artistry and to really take care of myself. And I really, really honor that about him. He is so, so uniquely special.”
John has since become her longtime mentor. He is also featured on the “Chromatica” track “SINE From Above.”
Of her friend, she says, “I cannot tell you how instrumental in my life he’s been to showing me that you can go all the way in life and… be authentic and be you and do good things in the world and take care of yourself and be there.”
The track, already an apparent smash, is said to be “the fastest song in history to enter the top 10 of US iTunes by doing so in less than 25 minutes.”
Toward Grande, 26, Gaga feels maternal. The “Poker Face” singer says she didn’t have another woman’s wisdom at that age, so this was a “very healing process.”
“Not necessarily having a female artist that mentored me as I came up…and being able to be with her and hold her and be like, ‘Anything that you feel chains you, any pop cultural construct that you feel you have to live up to, I need you to please forget about it and be yourself.’”
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 20, 2020