A façade of success and happiness sometimes hide an opposite reality. Lady Gaga, who is one of the most successful pop singers in recent years, has recently revealed that she had to constantly deal with pain, anxiety and panic attacks - all of which are consequences of a long-neglected psychological trauma.
Stefani Germanotta is just a regular woman underneath the Lady Gaga’s epatage style. In an interview with Vogue, she opened up about the sexual assault she experienced at the age of 19, when she was raped by a music producer.
The pain was so intimidating that she tried to erase the memory of the incident from her mind. However, it just grew inside of her, hidden like a tumor that damaged her health day by day.
In 2017, the pop icon told the world about her health issues.
I was taken to the hospital its not simply hip pain or wear & tear from tour, I'm in severe pain. I'm in good hands w/ the very best doctors— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 14, 2017
Gaga confessed that she had been suffering from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes severe chronic pain all over the body, extreme fatigue, and anxiety. She believes it’s the echo of her long-neglected trauma. The singer’s growing fame made its own contribution to the condition – her busy schedule and crazy working hours combined with the pressure from media made it all worse.
However, this complex syndrome hasn’t been studied enough. Its causes still remain a mystery.
On a Netflix documentary Gaga, she said:
I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real. For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result. People need to be more compassionate. Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.
On stage, she is beaming with energy and power – glowing skin, strong voice, and a spark in her eyes! But only a few people know what she really goes through on a day-by-day basis. Now, she claims she is under a thorough care of medical staff who make her feel much better.