Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta who we better know as Lady Gaga is a force to reckon with. The 11 Grammy Awards winner recently opened up about mental illness while promoting her upcoming album ‘Chromatica.’
The ‘Poker Face’ singer opened up about taking antipsychotic medication because she struggles with ‘mental issues’ as a result of being raped as a teen. The singer takes olanzapine, a drug primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar, after being ‘repeatedly raped’ aged 19.
Lady Gaga made this massive revelation while discussing her new album, ‘Chromatica,’ with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station. She told him that her track ‘911’ discusses her medication, olanzapine. The singer mentioned that she takes the medication because she ‘can’t always control the things that her brain does.
Gaga said: “I wrote a song on Chromatica called 911, and it’s about an anti-psychotic that I take and it’s because I can’t always control things that my brain does and I have to take medication to stop the process that occurs.”
The ‘A Star Is Born’ star added: “I know I have mental issues and I know that they can sometimes render me non-functional as a human.”
Gaga’s battle with mental illness reportedly began as a teen. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey interview last year, the ‘Bad Romance’ singer said, “I was raped when I was 19-years-old, repeatedly. I have PTSD. I have chronic pain. Neuropathic pain trauma response is a weekly part of my life. I’m on medication; I have several doctors.”
The ‘Born This Way’ singer said her symptoms at one point became so severe that she was rushed to the emergency room. Gaga said, “It was one of the worst things that have ever happened to me. I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated. I was screaming, and then he [the psychiatrist] calmed me down and gave me medication for when that happens.”
with daily doses of olanzapine and therapy, Gaga has been able to get a handle on her condition. The 13-time MTV Video Music Awards winner told Winfrey that without the medication, she would ‘spiral very frequently.’ She said, “Medicine really helped me. A lot of people are afraid of medicine for their brains to help them. I really want to erase the stigma around this.”