In an interview with Howard Stern the singer said that she was assaulted at the age of 19 by a man 20 years older than her.
“I went through some horrific things. I’m able to laugh now because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years, my music has been wonderful for me,” she said.
“It hit me so hard. I was so traumatised by it that I was like ‘just keep going’ because I just had to get out of there.
“I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened.
“I don’t want to be defined by it. I’ll be damned if somebody is going to say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one dickhead that did that to me.”
She said she has never confronted the man responsible: “I don’t know how I would react. 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.”