Lady Gaga knows she owes a great debt to her loyal fans, whom she calls her “little monsters.” And in turn, the pop star urges her followers to express themselves creatively in any way they choose; she also encourages them to be kind, accepting and compassionate. Perhaps, then, Gaga felt the urge to help again when she noticed something amiss during a gig in November 2017. And as a result, Mother Monster – as Gaga has long called herself – stopped the show immediately.
But you only have to look at Gaga’s early life to understand how she turned into the compassionate pop star we know today. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in New York on March 28, 1986, and was raised in the Catholic faith; while young, she also found that she loved both playing the piano and performing. Then, at the age of 11, Gaga was sent to a private, single-sex Catholic school. She didn’t enjoy the experience, however; isolated and considered an oddball, the future star was bullied badly by the other girls.