In an interview on the Stern Show on Tuesday, Lady Gaga discussed the meaning behind 'Swine', a song from 2013 album 'Artpop', and revealed that it was in reference to an incident of sexual abuse that took place when she was 19.
"The song is about rape," she admitted. "The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release."
Show host Howard Stern pressed her further on this declaration, suspicious that she may have been assaulted by a record producer. She hesitantly admitted that it came from personal experience with someone 20 years older than her.
"I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years."
In spite of everything, Gaga does not want to be defined by the incident. "I'll be damned if somebody's going to say that every creatively intelligent thing I've ever done is all boiled down to one dickhead that did that to me."
The full interview segment can be listened to below.
Gaga's story is just one of many of a recently increasing number of retroactive allegations of abuse in the media industry. Shia LaBeouf recently claimed that he was raped by a patron during his #IAMSORRY art installation, and numerous claims have been made against actor and comedian Bill Cosby in recent months.
The rise in allegations is arguably due to an increasing understanding and awareness of what constitutes rape and manipulative tactics. Gaga admits "I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, ‘Oh, is this just the way adults are?’ I was very naive."