Lady Gaga’s visit to “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday was a dramatic event, which tends to be the case with the shape-shifting singer.

Her interview with Stern covered a good deal of territory, as his chats with guests usually do, including her take on working with Tony Bennett, her past and her creative process.

Gaga also revealed that she had been raped by a music producer when she was 19 years old and described the denial she sustained for years after the experience. She explains to Stern that this was the genesis behind her song “Swine” off of her 2013 album “Artpop” (via Rolling Stone):

Lady Gaga has revealed that she wrote the song “Swine,” off 2013’s Artpop, as a way to express the rage and demoralization she felt after being sexually assaulted as a teenager. In an interview with Howard Stern on SiriusXM, the singer brought up the rape in the context of her performance of the song at South by Southwest, where British artist Millie Brown vomited colored paint onto Gaga while the singer rode a mechanical bull. “I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world, so that I can tell them, ‘You know what? You could never, ever degrade me as much as I degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do,'” Gaga said.

Listen to Lady Gaga’s full interview with Howard Stern below:

— Posted by Donald Kaufman.

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