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Published on May 21, 2021 10:19 AM

 
Gaga first publicly told Howard Stern in a 2014 interview that she had been raped by a producer 20 years older than her, saying it inspired her 2013 track
 
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Lady Gaga says she got pregnant at 19 after being raped by a music producer early in her career, a trauma that triggered a "total psychotic break."

The singer-songwriter opened up about the ordeal on Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry's Apple TV+ show "The Me You Can't See," which focuses on mental health.

The Grammy award-winning singer -- real name Stefani Germanotta -- recalled her harrowing experience in an emotional appearance on the premiere episode of "The Me You Can't See," a new docuseries co-created by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health.

Gaga spoke through tears as she recounted the moment an unnamed producer demanded she take her clothes off before threatening to burn her music.

"I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, 'Take your clothes off,'" she recalled.

"And I said no. And I left, and they told me they were going to burn all my music. And they didn't stop. They didn't stop asking me, and then I just froze and I just ... I don't even remember."

Gaga said she will not name her alleged attacker. "I understand this #Metoo movement, I understand that some others feel really comfortable with this, and I do not, I do not ever want to face that person again.

"This system is so abusive, it's so dangerous."

According to the "Poker Face" hitmaker, she was diagnosed with PSTD years later, after going to the hospital for chronic pain. She went public with her diagnosis in 2016.

Lady Gaga, whose hits include "Born This Way" and "Shallow," recalled having a "total psychotic break" years after she was raped. "For a couple years, I was not the same girl," she said.

Gaga said she was later diagnosed with PTSD after going to the hospital for chronic pain.

The Grammy and Oscar-winner said the producer kept her "locked way" in a studio and threatened to burn her music if she didn't take off her clothes, The singer refused to name the producer, explaining she doesn't "ever want to face that person again."

Gaga first publicly told Howard Stern in a 2014 interview that she had been raped by a producer 20 years older than her, saying it inspired her 2013 track "Swine."