Stefani Germanotta, the eldest child of Joseph Germanotta, internet entrepreneur, and Cynthia (née Bissett). She is an American pop singer and better known by the stage name Lady Gaga. Stefani learned to play piano from the age of four, went on to write her first piano ballad at 13 and began performing at open mike nights by age 14.
At the age of 11, Stefani Germanotta attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private Roman Catholic school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but has stressed that she does not come from a wealthy background, saying that her parents “both came from lower-class families, so we’ve worked for everything – my mother worked eight to eight out of the house, in telecommunications, and so did my father.” Referring to her “expressive, free spirit”, Gaga told Elle magazine “I’m left-handed!”
In 2007 She moved into an apartment on the Lower East Side of NYC. She began experimenting with drugs soon after, while performing at neo-burlesque shows. Her father did not understand the reason behind her drug intake and could not look at her for several months.
While she was beginning her career in the New York club scene, she was romantically involved with a heavy metal drummer. She described their relationship and break-up, saying of it, “I was his Sandy, and he was my Danny [of Grease], and I just broke.” He later became an inspiration behind some of the songs on The Fame.
Contrary to her outré style, the New York Post described her early look as like “a refugee from Jersey Shore” with “big black hair, heavy eye makeup and tight, revealing clothes.” Gaga is a natural brunette; she bleached her hair blonde because she was often mistaken for Amy Winehouse. She often refers to her fans as her ‘little monsters’ and got a tattoo with that inscription as a tribute. She has another six known tattoos, among them a peace symbol, which was inspired by John Lennon whom she stated was her hero, and a curling German script on her left arm which quotes the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, her favorite philosopher, commenting that his “philosophy of solitude” spoke to her.
Gaga attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist to her gay fans and is considered to be a rising gay icon. Early in her career she had difficulty getting radio airplay, and stated, “The turning point for me was the gay community. I’ve got so many gay fans and they’re so loyal to me and they really lifted me up. They’ll always stand by me and I’ll always stand by them. It’s not an easy thing to create a fanbase.”
She thanked FlyLife, a Manhattan-based LGBT marketing company with whom her label Interscope works, in the liner notes of her debut studio album, The Fame, saying, “I love you so much. You were the first heartbeat in this project, and your support and brilliance means the world to me. I will always fight for the gay community hand in hand with this incredible team.”
One of her first televised performances was in May 2008 at the NewNowNext Awards, an awards show aired by the LGBT television network Logo, where she sang her song “Just Dance”. In June of the same year, she performed the song again at the San Francisco Pride event. After The Fame was released, she revealed that the song “Poker Face” was about her bisexuality. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she spoke about how her boyfriends tended to react to her bisexuality, saying “The fact that I’m into women, they’re all intimidated by it. It makes them uncomfortable. They’re like, ‘I don’t need to have a threesome. I’m happy with just you’.” When she appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2009, she praised DeGeneres for being “an inspiration for women and for the gay community”.
In September 2010, she spoke at a rally in favor of repealing the US military’s Don’t ask, don’t tell policy, which prohibits lesbian, gay and bisexual people from serving openly, and released an online video urging her fans to contact their Senators in an effort to get the policy overturned. Editors of The Advocate commented that she had become the “fierce advocate” for gays and lesbians that future president Barack Obama had promised to be during his campaign. An exhibition in France, at Chappe Gallery, celebrates the “princess of pop” in october 2010.
The 22-year-old singer – famous for her flesh-flashing fashion choices – says her school friends used to tell her she oozed sex appeal even when covered up by sensible clothes.
She revealed: “My girlfriends used to tell me that no matter what I was wearing, even zipped up to my neck in a parka, I looked naked.”
The “Just Dance” star recently claimed she only dons her trademark hotpants and see-through outfits because her partially sighted grandparent find it easier to see her.
She said: “My grandmother is basically blind, but she can make out the lighter parts, like my skin and hair.”
“She says, ‘I can see you, because you have no pants on.’ So I’ll continue to wear no pants so that my grandma can see me.”
Lady Gaga intends to spread her unique sense of style around the world by releasing her own clothing range.
She said: “I can’t wait to do my own line. It’s definitely something I want to do in the next year as I do have my own style.”
Her clothing ambitions of her singer-and-producer friend Akon.
He said: “People dissed her because of the way she dresses, but she’s hot. Everyone wants to look like her.”
“She’ll walk around in London in her underwear and everyone will catch on.”