Lady Gaga Discusses Her Eating Disorders During High School

February 9, 2012 2:23 pm
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Brentwood School of Los Angeles held one of the first young women’s conferences, “It’s Our Turn,” where Lady Gaga showed up as the surprise guest. She wowed about 800 guests last Saturday during her 30-minute discussion with host and journalist, Maria Shriver.

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Lady Gaga spoke to the young women in the auditorium about being teased and excluded. “I started having trouble with girls in middle school,” she said. “I always knew that I wanted to do something very career oriented…that alone set me apart.”

After a member of the audience commented about the pop star’s confidence in fashion, Lady Gaga discussed how high school bullying led her to an eating disorder, specifically bulimia. “I used to throw up all the time in high school,” she said. “So I’m not that confident. And maybe it’s easier for me to talk about it now because I don’t do it anymore.”

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“I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night,” Lady Gaga added. She talked about her desperation to be thin, and how her family always encouraged her to finish her meals.

“Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect…it’s not real life,” Lady Gaga admitted. “The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it’s affecting kids your age. And it’s making girls sick.”

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Maria Shriver asked the pop star how she managed to overcome the struggle. Lady Gaga then explained how vomiting was bad for vocal chords and would affect her singing if she didn’t stop.

On February 29, Lady Gaga will be launching the Born This Way Foundation, “where humanity is embraced, individuals are empowered, and intolerance is eliminated.”

“I’m encouraging you to know what you’re worth,” Lady Gaga proclaimed to the audience. “And know that no matter who has more money in class, who has more stuff, who has a country house—nobody is worth more than anybody else.”

 

VIA: Huffington Post

 


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