She’s dropping her poker face to shed light on mental illness.
Lady Gaga has opened up about taking antipsychotic medication because she struggles with “mental issues” as a result of being raped as a teen. The 34-year-old pop star dropped the bombshell while discussing her new album, “Chromatica,” with Zane Lowe, 47, earlier this summer on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station — but her comments are just now going viral.
“I can’t always control things that my brain does — and I have to take medication to stop the process that occurs,” Gaga, whose given name is Stefani Germanotta, said in describing her psychological turmoil. She told Lowe that the track “911” discusses her medication, olanzapine, a drug primarily used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The “Shallow” Oscar winner said, “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, she first revealed in an Oprah Winfrey interview last year. “I was raped when I was 19 [years] old, repeatedly,” said the “Born This Way” singer, who reportedly suffers from fibromyalgia — a condition marked by widespread pain and cognitive problems — as a result.
The “A Star Is Born” star said her symptoms became so severe at one point that she experienced a “psychotic break” that landed her in the emergency room.
“It was one of the worst things that’s ever happened to me,” Gaga said. “I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated. I was screaming, and then he [her psychiatrist] calmed me down and gave me medication for when that happens.”
Fortunately, through daily doses of olanzapine combined with therapy, Gaga was able to get a handle on her condition.
The 11-time Grammy winner said that without the medication, she would “spiral very frequently.” “Medicine really helped me,” the pop sensation told Winfrey. “A lot of people are afraid of medicine for their brains to help them. I really want to erase the stigma around this.”