Till It Happens To You

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By Hunter Roark

At the age of 19 Stefanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta A.K.A Lady Gaga was raped by one of her producers. Twelve years later, Lady Gaga still suffers from PTSD.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder which develops after a very stressful or frightening experience. People who suffer from PTSD typically tend to have flashbacks of the trauma and avoid talking about it.

Gaga has released two songs about her traumatic experience which are titled “Till it happens to you” and “Swine”. “Till It happens to You” is a rock ballad about the aftermath of trauma, with Gaga embuing someone who’s told “ it gets better” or “you’ll be fine”.

Swine, on the other hand, is Lady Gaga calling her rapist a swine. The song is addressed to be about an uncomfortable sexual experience. Swine was released with her album ARTPOP back in 2013.

The singer then addressed the event that inspired the song. Although she declined to reveal the person who raped her at age 19, Gaga said that the man was 20 years her senior. “It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later,” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going,’ because I just had to get out of there.”

Gaga for many years wasn’t even willing to admit it had happened.

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Gaga performed swine on stage with fake puke covering herself and the stage. She also rode a mechanical bull while in her underwear which is the most demoralizing thing for a female. She did this to show people you could never degrade her as much as she degrades herself, and when she does it look how beautiful it is.

Gaga is now a world icon and one of the most successful female artists in the world. She has released her 5th studio album “Joanne”




  1. I had no idea that this had happened to her. I recently watched a documentary about her on Netflix, ‘Lady Gaga: 5 foot 2’, in which she shared her recent health troubles as well as share with the audience her own insecurities concerning a number of topics. I was so impressed by her honesty and vulnerability in that documentary and I’m further impressed to discover, through your article, her attempt at sharing this incredibly painful experience through her music so that not only can she heal but perhaps inspire others to seek the help they deserve. Great article! Keep up the great work!


  2. Was the statement “She rode a mechanical bull while in her underwear which is the most demoralizing thing for a female” your own opinion or something Gaga actually said herself? I’m confused there. Otherwise, it’s a good article! You could have included details about her music video that accompanies this song to enrich the article even more.


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