Global hit-maker Lady Gaga knows she owes a great debt to her loyal fans. She calls them her “little monsters” and encourages them to express themselves creatively in any way they choose. Notably, she also encourages them to be kind, accepting and compassionate. And Gaga was surely leading from the front in this when she noticed something amiss during a gig in November 2017. There was something seriously wrong with one of her little monsters, and so the Mother Monster – as Gaga has long called herself – stopped the show immediately.
You only have to look at Lady 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 raised in the Catholic faith. As a little monster herself, Gaga loved piano and performing. At the age of 11 she was sent to a private, single-sex Catholic school, but she did not enjoy the experience. Isolated and considered an odd ball, Gaga was bullied badly by the other girls.
In 2011, the star opened up to ABC talk show 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 factor that affected her mental health as a youngster. 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.