Lady Gaga has said she was raped at the age of 19 - but says she does not want to be defined by what happened to her.
The pop star was talking to the American 'shock jock' radio DJ Howard Stern when he asked her, because of things she had said in the past and had sung about, if she had ever been assaulted.
She replied: "I went through some horrific things that I'm able to laugh now, because I've been through a lot of mental and physical therapy, and emotional therapy, to heal over the years.
"My music has been wonderful for me but, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point.
"I was not myself and, to be fair, I was about 19... I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened and I was going 'Is this just the way adults are?' I was very naive."
The conversation came about after the DJ asked her about a performance at the South By Southwest music festival, during which she was vomited over by an artist who regurgitates swallowed paint.
She said after the attack, it took her about four to five years before she fully appreciated what had happened to her.
"It happens every day. It's really scary and it's sad," said the star, who, according to Entertainment Weekly, is now 28.
"It did not affect me as much after, as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatised by it. It was like 'keep going'."
She said, at first, she wasn't "even willing to admit that anything had even happened."
The DJ asked her if she had ever confronted the man who assaulted her and she said she had not.
She said: "I think it would terrify me. It would paralyse me. I saw him one time, in a store, and I was so paralysed by fear, because it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I went 'Wow, that was really messed up'.
"'You were 20 years older than me. I was just a kid'."
She said she was worried people would judge her for it.
"I don't want to be defined by it. I'll be damned if somebody's going to say that every creatively intelligent thing I ever did is all boiled down to one d******* that did that to me.
"I'm going to take responsibility for all my pain, looking beautiful and all the things that I've made out of my strife."