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Lady Gaga Admits to Suffering From Bulimia as a Teen

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Lady Gaga has dropped a bombshell revelation: she suffered from bulimia as a teenager.

While speaking at a conference for women in Los Angeles, Gaga shared some of her adolescent hardships. Even the world’s most famous pop star isn’t that far removed from the average girl. Gaga overcame her bulimia demons, but she shared the fact that she still has weight issues, another commonality between herself and the rest of us.

Gaga spoke at the Young Women’s ‘It’s Our Turn’ conference hosted by Maria Shriver at The Brentwood School earlier this week and that’s when she revealed her teenage troubles.

According to the Daily Mail, the Mother Monster was obsessed with the desire to achieve a “skinny ballerina body” so she spent much of her high school career throwing up because she hated her curves, which were partially a result of the hearty, homecooked meals her Italian father used to serve her.

Gaga admitted, “I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I’m not that confident. 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.”

Little Stefani Germanotta used to protest the plates full of carbs that her father cooked for her, too! She said, “I used to come home and say, ‘Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.’ And he’d say, ‘Eat your spaghetti.’ It’s really hard, but … You’ve got to talk to somebody about it.”

Even though bulimia helped her achieve the skinnier body she wanted so badly, it was hell on her voice. All of the stomach acids from the forced vomiting brought havoc on her voice so she stopped. “It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal chords — it’s very bad,” she revealed. Gaga’s voice is the thing that people love the most, so damaging it certainly scared her straight, so to speak.

Today, Gaga has a taut body, courtesy of all those workouts she gets on stage entertaining millions of little monsters. But it’s a battle to maintain her shape. She said, “Weight is still a struggle. Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you – they make you perfect. It’s not real life. ”

Gaga also made a plea to women to stop fighting their bodies and appreciate them. She said, “I’m gonna say this about girls: 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.”

Listen to the Mother Monster. She knows.

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