Lady Gaga during the 2019 Oscar ceremony, winning the award for best original song

hen Lady Gaga, before being known by that name, was going to university, some of her classmates created a Facebook group: “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous”. Yes, Stefani is Lady Gaga’s real name. And, according to legend, the group, which can still be traced on Google and Facebook search engines, was real and was made years before the young artist rose to fame.

Today, with a more than award-winning career behind her, Lady Gaga once again returns to number one with “Love for Sale”, her jazz album with Tony Bennett. And we review her story of overcoming from that young woman who was criticized by the “haters”, until she became a diva who continues to make history.


Tefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, was born on March 28, 1986 in Lenox Hill (Manhattan, New York), into a Catholic home.

Stefani is the eldest of the two daughters of the marriage of Joseph Anthony Germanotta and Cynthia Louise Bissett. And Italian blood runs through his veins and, to a lesser extent, French-Canadian.

From a very young age she felt the call of music, because with only four years she learned to play the piano by hearsay, she loved to participate in school musicals and, at thirteen, she was already composing her first songs.

Lady Gaga on the 2016 Met Gala red carpet

At the age of sixteen he began to perform live trying his luck, without success, in different castings. He had a difficult adolescence and youth, in which eating disorders played tricks on him: “I have struggled with bulimia and anorexia since I was 15 years old,” he confessed on his Little Monster website.

And although he began studying performing arts at university, he never finished his studies. Instead, he decided to focus on “haters” who had created, according to gossip, that Facebook group.

“People asked me why the hell was I so orange, why did I comb my hair like that, if I was a lesbian, why did I have to wear those pints to go to class… They called me a bitch, and this and that. Many times I did not want to go to class, “he confessed in an interview for Rolling Stone.

Lady Gaga has managed to break music records and venture into film and as a businesswoman

That’s not all, because he went through much tougher experiences: “at 19 they raped me repeatedly,” he confessed to Elle magazine in 2019. And he also added: “my career has traumatized me in different ways over the years. … But I survived and moved on ”.

Despite the pitfalls, Stefani, even before being Lady Gaga, did not stop performing her own songs in the New York night, accompanied by the piano. And, while the record companies rejected her demos, the young woman composed songs for other artists and groups, including Britney Spears or The Pussycats Dolls.


But, meeting producer Rob Fusari along the way, love and music joined hands at a fork into a promising future. It was with him that Stefani was renamed Lady Gaga, in honor of Queen’s “Radio Gaga” (one of her musical influences).

He also partnered with another artist, Lady Starlight, and together they created a show with cabaret and burlesque influences, edgy and daring, that almost seemed a prelude to the image that Gaga would have in the future: “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue” .

Thanks to her resilience and perseverance, Stefani made her way. Together with producers such as Martin Kierszenbaum or RedOne and, of course, Fusari, the artist began working on what would be her first album, “The Fame” (2008), which was released just as her relationship with the latter cooled.

Lady Gaga receiving a batch of Grammy awards in 2019

His debut “Just Dance” was number one in the United States and other countries soon after. We owe that album such mythical songs as “Poker Face”, which also topped the charts and had a great and unexpected success, “Paparazzi” or “LoveGame”.

From his dark experiences with fame the second part was born, “The Fame Monster”, an EP in which, in addition to songs like “Alejandro” or “Telephone”, he had one of his most mythical songs: “Bad Romance”.

Thus, the indelible star that we all know was born, Stefani would go down in history being remembered as Lady Gaga, although everything was beginning there. And the rest is history. You just have to do a review of their albums.

Besides “The Fame” (2008), “Born This Way” (2011), “Artpop” (2013), “Cheek to Cheek” (2014) with Tony Bennet, “Joanne” (2016), “A Star is Born “(2018) from the movie” Shallow “in which she was the leading actress,” Chromatica “(2020) and” Love for Sale “(2021) again with Tony Bennet complete, along with EPs and compilations, her award-winning discography in the there is no shortage of great awards such as Oscar and Grammy.

Always accompanied by her extravagant image, empowering what she was bullied for: being different. That is why she created the term “Little Monsters” for her fans and for everyone who identifies with her.


Furthermore, the actress, who has confessed to suffering from fibromyalgia with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress, has always launched a message of resilience and struggle: “that child, and even that adult, who is there and has been through so much, I want you to know that they can get ahead, “he told Elle in 2019.

She has also broken stigmas on mental illness: “There is a lot of shame around them, but it is important that you know that there is hope and possibilities of recovery,” she told the “Born This Way Foundation” (an NGO that she founded).

As for their love relationships, besides Fusari, there were others. After the producer, Gaga was with manager Luc Carl, whom she broke up with in 2011 despite having been engaged to him. In between, as it was an interrupted romance, he became involved with the actor and businessman Speedy Gonzales (Stefani’s friend since childhood) and with the designer Matthew Williams.

Lady Gaga with her pet Fozzi

Later she was with actor Taylor Kinney, with whom she also got engaged, but they broke up in 2015; with agent Christian Carino (they got engaged but cut off in 2018), and finally with entrepreneur Michael Polansky, from the end of 2019.

But his love above all is music, the one for which he never stopped fighting despite the “bullying” and the “no’s” along the way. And, once again, he proves them wrong, reaching the top 10 with “Love for Sale” alongside Tony Bennet on the Billboard 200, and number one on the jazz charts.

The album was presented by the artist prior to its release with a streaming performance in collaboration with Westfield shopping centers. The inauguration of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, her collaboration with Dom Pérignon wines or a new eyeshadow palette, are other recent events of an unstoppable artist.

Meanwhile, in social networks it is still number one. On Instagram, where he has 49.5 million followers, his last 5 posts exceeded 3,100 million interactions (3,130,178 according to an infobae article as of October 12). One of them is the promotional poster for “House of Gucci”, the new film by Ridley Scott in which Gaga has a leading role.

Thus, Lady Gaga remains on top, indelible, despite all those who tried to demotivate her and after all the potholes she had to overcome. Because sometimes, being a monster is, far from a defect, a virtue: being born a star.

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