Some of you may know her as the “bizarre popstar” who wears meat dresses. Others recognize her as that creepy character from American Horror Story. But did you know that there’s so much more depth to the wonderful Lady Gaga? So much, that many people are oblivious to – like what her real name is or what troubles she endured in her past. Behind the shocking costumes and crazy moments, the superstar is just a regular and sensitive person like the rest of us…
Whether you’re a dedicated Little Monster or a newcomer to the fandom, it’ll be interesting to see just how many of these Lady Gaga facts you really know…
1. Her Real Name Isn’t Lady Gaga
Obviously her first name isn’t Lady and her surname isn’t Gaga. Wondering why she named her sixth studio album Joanne? Gaga’s real name in full is actually Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
2. Her Stage Name Was Inspired by Queen
So where did the Gaga name come from? Apparently it was inspired by the Queen song Radio Ga Ga. Smart move, Stefani!
3. Lady Gaga Has Been Singing and Acting Since 4 Years Old
Gaga has been a woman of many talents ever since she was young! She started playing the piano at the age of 4 and began writing songs at the age of 13. She even started acting from a young age. Gaga starred as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
4. You have Mr Gaga to thank for your WiFi in hotels!
Gaga may be the inventor of the meat dress but her father’s the inventor of something even more phenomenal! Joe Germanotta pioneered the installation of wireless internet access in hotels when he started the company ‘Guest WiFi’ in 2002.
5. Lady Gaga Was Raped As a Teenager
Gaga disclosed that she was raped by a music producer at only 19 years-old. In talking about her awful experience she revealed: “I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, “Oh, is this just the way adults are?’…I was very naive…It took a lot of “mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years.”
6. She Was Accused for “Indecent Exposure” by Cops
We may all love Gaga’s crazy and revealing outfits but the cops don’t! Lady Gaga was once stopped by Chicago police for indecent exposure for wearing hot pants in public. Speaking about the incident Gaga said, “But it was really funny because all you saw was this half-naked girl on the street yelling at some cop “It’s fashion! I’m an artist! It was fun.”
7. She Was Once in a Duo Band!
The singer gained her musical experience when she was part of the duo, “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue”. With artist Lady Starlight, Mother Monster would perform songs from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Their “outrageous performances” included lighting hairspray cans on fire and go-go dancing. Sounds familiar! Now we know where Gaga’s show-stopping performances originate from…
8. Gaga Dropped Out of University to Pursue a Music Career
Lady Gaga didn’t learn to become a superstar. She did it all by herself. Apparently she dropped out of New York University when she was 19-years-old to pursue her music career. “I thought I could teach myself about art better than the school could,” she tells Elle magazine.
9. She was Writing Songs for big Superstars at 20-Years old!
Her 20th birthday was the beginning of something big. Stefani was signed to Interscope Records on that very day. During her days at Interscope and before she would write her own, Gaga co-wrote songs for artists such as The Pussycat Dolls, Fergie and Jennifer Lopez!
10. Lady Gaga’s Real Hair is Brown
The Joanne star may regularly sport blonde hair but in fact, she’s a natural brunette! So why did she dye it? Supposedly she was once confused for Amy Winehouse so she wanted “to be known for her [my] own look”, she told People magazine. It’s safe to say Gaga’s “look” is original, indeed…
11. Her Meat Dress Wasn’t Expensive at all!
While other stars wore expensive designer wear to the 2010 MTV VMAs, Lady Gaga wore cheap meat. According to butcher, Peter Cacioppo – “There are no expensive cuts here, no real steaks. The best you’ve got is the flank steak on top of her head.”
12. ‘Telephone’ Was Going to be Britney Spears’ Song
Telephone was originally written for Britney Spears and was meant to feature on her Circus album. Thankfully it was dropped and handed down to Lady Gaga and Beyonce instead.
13. Lady Gaga Calls Britney Spears the “Queen of Pop”
While many of you may dub Mother Monster as the queen of pop, she says otherwise. The popstar believes Britney Spears deserves that title.
14. Gaga’s Sister is Also Creative!
Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta is a fashion designer. You guessed it – she’s created some of the popstar’s craziest outfits and even starred as an inmate in the Telephone promo.
15. She Feeds Her Fans Free Pizza!
Gaga loves her fans so much to the point where she gave them free pizza! When she saw them sitting outside a record shop where she was doing a signing, she thought she’d feed them some pizza worth $1000.
16. Lady Gaga Only Has Tattoos on her Left Side
Lady Gaga has a total of 19 tattoos including a peace symbol and the word “Little Monsters”. Apparently, she only has tattoos on the left side of her body because her dad asked her to keep one side of her body “slightly normal”. She calls the left side of her body her “Iggy Pop side” and her right side (without tattoos) her “Marylin Monroe side”.
17. She Was Bullied at School
Gaga admits that she was bullied at school. People used to call her ‘rabbit teeth’ and she was once thrown into a trash can while classmates looked on. Look where she is today – in your face HATERS!
18. She has Founded the Born This Way Foundation
As someone who experienced bullying, Gaga decided to launch an anti-bullying campaign called the Born This Way foundation in 2011. The foundation aims to inspire youth and build better communities. Gaga was even awarded the LennonOno Grant For Peace from Yoko Ono for her work with the foundation.
19. ‘Born This Way’ Was Written in Just 10 Minutes!
Can you believe Born This Way was written in just 10 minutes?! “And it was a completely magical song. After I wrote it the gates just opened… it was like an immaculate conception.”
20. Gaga Smokes Weed Whilst Writing Music
Gaga has admitted that she likes to smoke weed whilst writing music. Each to their own, right? That’s hardly the craziest thing she’s done! Take the next fact, for example…
21. She Wanted to Add Strange Ingredients to her Perfume
This definitely goes down as one of Gaga’s most bizarre ideas. She wanted to to put blood and semen in her Fame perfume. This was clearly going to violate some FDA regulations, so instead she put traces of Belladonna, also known as Deadly Nightshade.
22. Lady Gaga Hasn’t Always Been Rich
Can you imagine Gaga being bankrupt? No, neither can we! In 2011, she admitted that she went bankrupt an after spending millions on crazy outfits for her Monster’s Ball tour.
23. She Gave her Puke to Ryan Murphy!
She may come across as confident when it comes to her acting roles but believe it or not, Lady Gaga vomited from nerves on the first day of shooting American Horror Story: Hotel. In fact, she vomited in a plastic bag in her Rolls Royce on the way to set. Then – wait for it – she handed the bag of puke to show co-creator Ryan Murphy!
24. She was Engaged to a Vampire Diaries Star!
In July 2011, Gaga started dating Vampire Diaries actor and model Taylor Kinney, whom she met while filming the You and I music video. In February 2015, they got engaged but sadly split in July 2016. Taylor isn’t the only lucky man in Gaga’s life. Believe it or not, her dating history includes men and women!
25. Lady Gaga Owns Michael Jackson’s Clothes!
That’s right! The Queen of pop owns the King of pop’s clothes! Gaga reportedly owns thousands of dollars worth of Michael Jackson’s clothes that she bought at an auction. She’s the proud owner of MJ’s Thriller jacket and one of his gloves!
26. She Suffers from Fibromyalgia
In September 2017 and February 2018, the superstar cancelled her entire European tour because of “severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform”. Gaga reportedly suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes widespread pain.
How many facts about Lady Gaga on this list did you know? I guess that will determine how much of a Little Monster, you really are! Tell us in the comments below…
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