Who knew Gaga had it so rough? Find out more about the difficulties she faced, and why she chose to leave her original identity — Stefani Germanotta — behind.
To the average uninformed Joe, it might seem like Lady Gaga skyrocketed to superstardom with nary a struggle along the way. But in a revealing new interview with ELLE magazine — of which Gaga is the Oct. 2013 cover girl — the eccentric songstress opens about the difficulties of her journey, including the people who took advantage of her. And her body.
The interviewer asks Gaga point-blank how she feels about critics who turn their noses at the “authenticity” of her road to the top. Here’s her very candid response:
Everyone is so cynical — that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking me if I really, truly struggled. Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?
Eating dirt? So that‘s how she got that rockin’ bod!
Lady Gaga Vs. Stefani Germanotta
In the interview, Gaga also discusses the difference between her public persona and Stefani Germanotta, the simple Italian girl with big dreams from New York.
“I am — Stefani is — a perpetually tortured artist,” Gaga explains. “That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”
Considering Gaga’s public ensembles have, thus far, included a meat dress and a giant egg, I can only imagine what she considers a “hot mess” look. Maybe it’s best that Stefani stay at home with the family.
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised to learn about Gaga’s early struggles, or did you know about them all along? And how amazing does she look in the magazine? Drop a comment with your thoughts on her new interview below.