Standing in all her "gaga-ness" in the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Lady Gaga shares how she has been predicted to fail by her former boyfriend and her friends.
"I ate sh*t for so long, being told I didn't fit the mold and that I was 'too pop' or 'too theater'... I've always been delusionally ambitious to the point where people don't understand me."
"I had a boyfriend who told me I'd never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I'd fail. I said to him, 'Someday, when we're not together, you won't be able to order a cup of coffee at the f*cking deli without hearing or seeing me."
"My friends joke that I'm dead until I get onstage. I'm dead right now as you're speaking to me."
Endowed with musical talents, Lady Gaga started her music career by performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side. She later signed with an imprint of Interscope Records where she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists. Her vocal abilities caught the interest of Akon who signed him up to his own label Kon Live Distribution. She released her debut album, The Fame, on August 19, 2008. The rest was history.
Lady Gaga owed her success to the support of the gay community. She had difficulty getting radio airplay early in her career but managed to continue with the help of her loyal fans.
"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 was once quoted as saying.