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Lady Gaga agrees to Piers Morgan interview, after he questions PTSD diagnosis and rape

By | Published on Thursday 15 December 2016

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has agreed to do an interview with prize bellend Piers Morgan after he questioned the authenticity of her recent open letter discussing the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffers as a result of being raped as a teenager.

After speaking about her PTSD in an interview with US TV show ‘Today’, Gaga wrote about the subject further on the website of her Born This Way Foundation, a charity which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of young people.

“I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, she wrote. “After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery”.

Morgan responded to the piece by tweeting that it was “vain-glorious nonsense” and that it “angers” him when “celebrities start claiming PTSD about everything to promote themselves”, because he knows a lot of people in the military who have also had to deal with the disorder.

He also claimed that Gaga, and also Madonna in her recent Billboard Woman Of The Year acceptance speech, may have fabricated claims that they were raped on the basis they did not report the attacks to police, adding: “I wouldn’t automatically believe anything either Madonna or Lady Gaga claimed about their lives”.

Responding, Gaga told Morgan: “I’ve work with our Vice President Joe Biden on helping educate people about why women don’t report [sexual assault], would love to share it with you some time. Would also love to talk with you about PTSD, that it’s not just a ‘military’ disorder. There is a mental health youth epidemic”.

Morgan responded: “OK, you’re on. Let’s do an interview about this and you can tell me why I’m wrong to be sceptical”.

Feeling pretty smug, he then made a gag about a “meat suit”, to which Gaga replied: “If you continue to shame me in the process of kindly agreeing to interview with you, I’ll happily do the interview with someone else”.

Hopefully it won’t come to that, as Morgan has already agreed that it’s “an important debate”. Which it definitely is, given his apparent starting point that rape isn’t traumatic because women just make it up.

Information on PTSD and how to seek help is available via Mind’s website here.