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Lady Gaga Breaks Character (And Hearts) To Talk About Her Past Sexual Trauma

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Here’s something you didn’t expect to feel today! Get ready to cry about Lady Gaga‘s relationship with sex.

We’re all pretty used to Lady G by now. She wears flying saucers on her head, she says absolutely crazy shit on a regular basis, she goes out in public dressed as the Lion King stuffed animal my mom ran over with the vaccuum when I was six. These days, it takes a lot for Gaga to shock us. Her recent interview with BBC does the trick.

The interview, which takes place on a set decorated with mummy ghost mannequins for obvious reasons, begins with two minutes of utter silence and ends with a lengthy monologue about fine art blah blah etc. I was expecting to roll my eyes– which I did, don’t get me wrong– but I wasn’t expecting to also get shot in the heart with legit sadness. The 27-year-old breaks character for a moment and reveals that she’s had a depressing background with sex.

My earlier experiences with sex were quite perverted and… scary. Terrifying, fear. It was a little bit sort of a terrifying thing for me.

Ugh. That’s so heartbreaking to hear. There’s something particularly rough about it coming from Gaga, too. It’s disorienting to imagine this larger-than-life figure suffering from honest human shit. She goes on to explain how she deals with her remaining issues in regards to sexuality:

I don’t particularly find myself to be very sexy, actually. In the beginning of my career, I think that some of this exploration of covering myself up and transforming into other icons was a sense of sexual freedom for me, because I felt quite numb by my experiences and I wanted to escape things.

I’m glad she’s finding a way to make some peace with her past. You’re tearing me apart, girl. Can I make you brownies or something?

The interview is far from a therapy session, though, and she gives us a few Original Recipe Gaga soundbites. Pop music is “masturbatorial” and she’s “wearing art like a hat,” and she says something about “meditative performance discipline.” She nearly falls asleep a few times. But I… think I like it. She’s finding a way for the Weird Art On Legs version of Gaga and the Breathing Human Stefani Germanotta version to coexist, and I’m sure that will have a positive impact on some of her young fans.

I sincerely hope she has good support and people to help her through this stuff. You can watch the whole interview here.

[Via eonline / Photo: BBC]

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  • Ce

    I really enjoyed this article but you do realize that the page title (NOT the article title but the title that is on the window) is “Lady Gaga Give Depressing Interview About Sex.” Which sounds pretty insensitive like – “oh she’s opening up about her life but who cares she’s bringing everyone down!” Instead of the much more supportive and appropriate article title. I don’t think depressing is quite the right word for an honest interview.