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.
And in 2011 Gaga opened up to The View about her subsequent insecurities. “I had to look inside myself and say, ‘Well, what do I have to offer?’” she said frankly, adding, “Because for so many years I felt like I didn’t have very much to offer.” However, there was a more serious and darker event that affected her mental health during her pre-fame years. In an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show in 2014, Gaga revealed that she had been sexually assaulted when she was 19 years old.