Lady Gaga: “People Disrespected My Body, My Mind, My Heart”

(Ruth Hogben for Elle)

By Michael Lewittes


(Ruth Hogben for Elle)

Lady Gaga opens up in the October issue of Elle about why she uses a stage name, her early struggles, and recovering from hip surgery.

The singer tells the mag, “I am — Stefani is — a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”

On people questioning the authenticity of her stories about her youth, Gaga offers, “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?” shares the star.

As for how she went about recreating herself after her hip surgery, Gaga reveals, “I went to look back to myself being 19, with all my Warhol books and all my Yoko Ono and John Lennon CDs, my Rolling Stones CDs and my Bowie… and I said, what would she want me to do right now?”

The issue hits newsstand on September 24.

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