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Lady Gaga Facts: Interesting Things You May Not Know

If you listen to pop music, then you’ve probably heard of Lady Gaga since she’s one of the hottest and biggest pop stars of the past two decades. While you might know some facts about her, we’re going to tell you a lot of new Lady Gaga facts: interesting things you may not know below, so read on to find out more about her! 

She Was Four When She Learned The Piano

April, 20 – 2010 – Lady Gaga performing Speechless at GagaKoh in Tokyo, Japan. Image source: joyjovi, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

You might know Lady Gaga for being a singer, but did you know she’s an incredibly talented piano player? She began playing piano when she was only four years old. Her mother wanted her to become a piano player because she wanted her to be a cultured girl. 

Lady Gaga’s Real Name is Stefani Germanotta 

Lady Gaga’s real first and last name is Stefani Germanotta, and she was born on March 28, 1986, in New York City, New York. 

She Has Two Middle Names 

She has two middle names, which are Joanne and Angelina. Joanne is homage to her aunt of the same name who had passed away before she was even born. 

Her Stage Name Is Inspired By Queen 

Queen - Radio Ga Ga (Official Video)

The name Lady Gaga was inspired by Queen and their hit song called Radio Ga Ga, which came out in 1984. 

She Has Multiple Nicknames 

Lady Gaga has a lot of nicknames such as Rabbit Teeth, Loopy, Little Mermaid, Mother Monster, and Gagaloo. 

Lady Gaga Purchased Michael Jackson Items At an Auction 

November 17, 2011 – Michael Jackson glove in Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle. Image source: John Seb Barber from Leeds, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lady Gaga went to an auction in 2012 where she purchased over 50 items that were owned by Michael Jackson. Some of the items she bought at this auction were the 1987 and 1988 Bad Tour jackets. She took to social media after the auction and said that all of the items she bought were going to be cared for by experts and archived to keep his love and spirit alive. 

She Began Making Unique Costumes As a Child 

When we think of Lady Gaga, we think of unique or bizarre costumes, and apparently, she was always into making her own unique costumes because she began making them when she was in first grade. Her first costume was made from hangers and tinfoil, and it was for a school play. 

Her Vocal Coach Is Linked To Christina Aguilera 

December 21, 2022 – Christina Aguilera at the VinFuture Prize 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Image source: Tài chính Kinh doanh 5.1, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

When Lady Gaga was just 13 years old, she was singing in a store, and the nephew of Don Lawrence heard her singing. He told his uncle about it, and Lawrence would go on to help her with her vocals. Both Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera were coached by him. 

She Was Confused Before For Amy Winehouse And Started Dying Her Hair 

Lady Gaga has naturally brown hair, but there was a time when someone had mixed her up with Amy Winehouse. It was at that moment she began to dye her hair blonde because she didn’t want to be confused for someone else and wanted to be her own person and have her own look. 

Lady Gaga Dropped Out of College To Pursue Music

When Lady Gaga was 19, she dropped out of college while studying at New York University. She wanted to pursue music instead and felt that she’d be a better art teacher than the professors at the college. Once she dropped out of school, she ended up moving back home into her parents’ house. 

She Was In An Episode of The Sopranos At Age 15

Every Lady Gaga Acting Performance: RANKED!

Lady Gaga was in an episode of The Sopranos when she was just 15 years old, which was one of her earliest television appearances. She can be found in season three of the hit HBO show and was given credit using her real name, Stefani Germanotta, and played girl number two at the swimming pool. 

Lady Gaga Supported Herself By Being a Stripper 

There was a period of time after she moved back home when she worked as a stripper down in the Lower Eastern side of New York City and wore black leather clothing. She was part of a group called Lady Gaga And The Starlight Revue. She would perform cover songs from the 70s and 80s such as Faith No More, Guns N’ Roses, and Black Sabbath, among many others. 

She Helped Write Songs For Top Artists At The Age Of 20 

August 20, 2018 – Jennifer Lopez at the Video Music Awards in New York City. Image source: MTV International, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

When she was just 20, Lady Gaga was signed to Interscope, thanks to her boyfriend at the time, Rob Fusari. She would be given the role of helping write songs for other musicians. Some of the famous artists she’d help write tracks for included Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Fergie, New Kids On The Block, and The Pussycat Dolls. 

Akon Signed Lady Gaga Personally 

Akon heard Lady Gaga as she was singing, and he personally signed her himself because he was so impressed with her voice. 

Lady Gaga Suffers From a Painful Condition Called Fibromyalgia 

September 8, 2017 – Lady Gaga at her documentary Five Foot Two press conference at the Toronto Film Festival. Image source: GabboT, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lady Gaga has a painful condition that has led to her canceling her concerts and tours before, which is called fibromyalgia. People who suffer from this will have pain throughout their body, which leads to sleep, mental and emotional issues, and fatigue. She would talk about her condition in Gaga: Five Foot Two, which was the documentary she released in 2017. 

Her Infamous Meat Dress Was Likely Less Than $100 

We all remember Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress, but did you know that it probably cost her less than $100? It wasn’t an expensive outfit because the meat that was used wasn’t high-quality, and there were no expensive cuts of steak on the outfit. There was a flank steak that was on her head, but overall, the steaks weren’t worth much. 

For a Long Time, Her Tattoos Were Only On Her Left 

September 9, 2018 – Lady Gaga at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Image source: John Bauld, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lady Gaga only put her tattoos on the left side of her body for a long time because her dad had asked her to keep at least half her body normal. She had tattoos on her left side and called that the “Iggy Pop” part while the one on the right that didn’t have tattoos was likened to Marilyn Monroe. However, she would soon start getting tattoos on both sides of her body, even though her father wasn’t too happy about that. 

Lady Gaga Has Over 20 Tattoos 

Did you know that Lady Gaga has more than 20 tattoos? That number is only continuing to grow as time goes on. 

She Was Raped And Got Pregnant At 19

One of the sadder aspects of Lady Gaga’s life was that when she was 19, she was raped by a music producer. She ended up getting pregnant from it, although she has never said whether she had an abortion or if she miscarried. She has said she never wants to see that music producer ever again, although she won’t name who it was. 

Lady Gaga Is The Godmother To Elton John’s Children 

September 26, 2010 – Elton John in Floriana, Malta. Image source: Hamelin de Guettelet, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lady Gaga was named the godmother to Elton John’s children, Elijah and Zachary since she is friends with both the British singer and his husband David Furnish. He talked about her being their godmother and mentioned how great she is with them, such as reading stories and singing to them. He even said that the boys call her GaGamother and enjoy listening to her music. 

She Enjoys Writing Music While Smoking Weed

She admitted that she enjoys writing music while smoking weed, which shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise since many artists say that smoking weed can help expand their creativity. 

She Carries A Teacup With Her 

Lady Gaga has said she enjoys carrying around a teacup and a saucer when she’s out and about because it makes her think of home. It’s comforting to her since she has a tradition of drinking tea with her mother at home. 

Lady Gaga Thinks Britney Spears Is The Queen Of Pop 

January 29, 2014 – Britney Spears POM. Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhysadams/, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A lot of people consider Lady Gaga to be the Queen of Pop, although she herself doesn’t agree. Instead, she thinks Britney Spears deserves that title. 

Lady Gaga Had Been Bullied While in School 

Even though we all think Lady Gaga is cool, back when she was in school, she had to deal with bullies. She was routinely bullied in school and called various names such as rabbit teeth because of her big front teeth, and she was even tossed into the trash. 

She Advocates For Mental Health 

Not only does Lady Gaga talk about her own mental health struggles, but she is an advocate for mental health and tries to promote support and awareness of mental health issues. 

Her 2021 Inauguration Dress Was Bulletproof 

January 20, 2021 – Lady Gaga prepares to sing a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington. Image source: Carlos M. Vazquez II, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It says something about the times we’re in when Lady Gaga had to show up to Joe Biden’s Inauguration wearing a bulletproof dress. She sang The Star Spangled Banner and wore a Schiaparelli dress in red and blue. She said in an interview that the bulletproof nature of the dress was a result of the insurrection at the Capitol, and it was just a safety precaution. 

Her Makeup Line Is Called HAUS Laboratories 

Lady Gaga has her own makeup line called HAUS Laboratories, and it includes a lot of makeup names that draw inspiration from her songs, such as Stupid Love. In 2020, HAUS Laboratories was voted the best new makeup brand by the Allure Readers Choice. 

She Launched An Anti-Bullying Foundation Called Born This Way 

In 2011, Lady Gaga launched an anti-bullying foundation called Born This Way. It’s aimed at helping and inspiring young people to become better individuals and members of society. The goal is to make our communities better. The foundation is also helpful for those struggling with body image issues and other mental or physical issues since she herself struggled with both bullying and an eating disorder. 

She Won Awards At All Five Major Shows in 2019, A First For a Woman 

Lady Gaga won awards at all five major award shows in 2019, which happened after her movie, A Star Is Born, was released, along with Shallow, which was one of the songs from the film. She won a Golden Globe for Shallow in the Best Original Song category and won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song and a Best Actress Award too.

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper - Shallow (from A Star Is Born) (Official Music Video)

She also won a Grammy alongside Bradley Cooper in the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance category and won again in the Best Song Written for Visual Media. Lastly, she won a BAFTA award for A Star Is Born in the Best Film Music category and then won an Oscar award at the Academy Awards for Best Original Song, which was for Shallow. 

She Co-Wrote Two Songs That Received Oscar Nominations 

July 29, 2022 – Lady Gaga performing Hold My Hand during The Chromatica Ball at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Image source: Raph_PH, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Two songs that Lady Gaga performed and also co-wrote had received Oscar nominations, although neither won in the Best Original Song category. One track was ‘Till It Happens To You, which was for the film The Hunting Ground, a documentary released in 2015. The other song was Hold My Hand, which was for the 2022 movie Top Gun: Maverick. 

Lady Gaga Wrote Born This Way In About 10 Minutes 

It’s crazy to think about, but Lady Gaga wrote her famous song Born This Way in just about 10 minutes, and it was something that she wasn’t even thinking about at the time. She said that it was like magic because she just started writing and it kept flowing, so it took no time to put this masterpiece together. It just goes to show how creative and artistic she is because it was instinct and came naturally to her. 

She’s Sold More Than 120 Million Records Globally 

She isn’t just a hit in America, in fact, Lady Gaga is one of the best-selling musicians of all time with over 124 million records being sold globally. 

Lady Gaga’s Sister Designs Some Of Her Outfits 

Creativity often runs in families and that can be said for Lady Gaga’s sister, Natali Germanotta, who is a fashion designer and has even designed some of her sister’s outfits and costumes! 

Her Sister Is In The Telephone Music Video 

Lady Gaga - Telephone ft. Beyoncé (Official Music Video)

Speaking a little more about Natali, you can find her included in some of Lady Gaga’s work, including in the Telephone music video dressed as a prison inmate. 

Lady Gaga Is A Philanthropist 

She is a known philanthropist and often donates to charities all over the world, not to mention starting her own charity with the Born This Way Foundation. She supports multiple charities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Red Cross, UNICEF, True Colors Fund, and Happy Hearts Fund. A lot of her charity work focuses on children and mental or physical health. 

She Bought Over $1,000 Worth Of Pizzas For Fans in 2009 

The Fame Monster Album Trailer

One moment where Lady Gaga’s generosity shined was in 2009 when her fans were waiting in line at a Best Buy out in Hollywood to get their hands on her second record The Fame Monster. She saw them waiting for her, and they’d been there for hours, so she decided to order pizzas for them with a total cost of more than $1,000. 

She’s A Known Ally Of The LQBTQ+ Community 

Lady Gaga has long been an ally and advocate for those within the LGBTQ+ community, and Born This Way is famously one of their anthems. She also gives to charities and causes that are focused on acceptance, equality, and health. 

Lady Gaga Loves To Make Pasta 

You can tell Lady Gaga has Italian in her because she loves to make pasta at home, and she’s a very good cook! 

She Enjoys Irish Whiskey 

January 8, 2014 – Jameson Irish Whiskey. Image source: Michael Bentley, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

She’s a huge fan of Jameson Irish Whiskey and has even talked about it on her social media accounts, including Instagram. She jokes she should be their promoter because she drinks their Irish Whiskey when she is lounging around, and it has even helped her come up with songs. 

She Has a Nickname For Her Crew 

There is a crew that works with Lady Gaga such as the sound and clothing designers, stage designers, and others so she decided to give them the nickname Haus Of Gaga. 

Poker Face Went Number One In Multiple Countries 

Lady Gaga - Poker Face (Official Music Video)

Poker Face is one of her most famous songs, and this track went to number one in multiple countries beyond the US such as Canada, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. 

Lady Gaga Has a Perfume Collection 

December 21, 2012 – Lady Gaga Fame gift box. Image source: Cucaio91|Luca Tozzi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Not only does Lady Gaga have a makeup line, but she also has a perfume collection with many beloved fragrances such as Fame. 

She Donated Proceeds From a Concert To Haiti Disaster Relief 

In another good deed from Lady Gaga, she donated the proceeds from a January 2011 show to Haiti relief. She didn’t keep one penny from the January 24 show, and in total, more than $500,000 was raised for Haiti

Her Fans Were Nicknamed Little Monsters 

She has given nicknames to everyone, including her fans, which she calls “Little Monsters.” 

Lady Gaga Is a Fan of Dogs 

Lady Gaga doesn’t like cats that much and prefers dogs to cats any day.

Time Named Her One Of The Most Influential People 

June 13, 2016 – Lady Gaga speaking at a vigil for the victims of the shooting in Orlando on the steps of City Hall. Image source: Eric Garcetti, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world both in terms of cultural significance and popularity. 

The Fame Won Two Grammy Awards

The debut album released by Lady Gaga was The Fame, which included the hit song Poker Face. She won two Grammy Awards for this album, specifically for Poker Face, in both Best Electronic Dance Album and Best Dance Recording. 

The Fame Had Been Nominated For Six Grammy Awards

While we just mentioned Lady Gaga had won two Grammy Awards for The Fame, she has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. That’s not bad at all for her debut studio album. 

She Is Attracted To Males And Females 

She has stated more than once that she is into both men and women and finds both females and males to be sexually attractive. When she looks for either a man or a woman, she often cites creativity as one of the criteria. 

Her Father Joe Helped Install Internet In Hotels

Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, is many things including a restaurateur and internet entrepreneur. He started his own business and began installing WiFi throughout hotels, so next time you are in a hotel and use their WiFi, you can thank him for that! 

She’s a Powerful Brand Ambassador

The VIVA GLAM Masterpiece: Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti | MAC Cosmetics

Her popularity has made her become one of the most powerful brand ambassadors of our time, and she’s had deals with MAC Cosmetics, Tiffany & Co., and Versace, to name a few. 

Lady Gaga Rather Be In New York 

Lady Gaga was born and raised in New York City, New York, so it’s not a surprise that she would rather be in New York than Los Angeles or any other city.

She Wrote Paparazzi In 10 Minutes

Lady Gaga - Paparazzi (Official Music Video)

Just as she did with Born This Way, Lady Gaga wrote Paparazzi in just 10 minutes, which goes to show that she has a true gift for songwriting. 

Her Debut Album Made Her Mainstream 

The Fame, which was Lady Gaga’s debut album, ended up being what made her a mainstream success, and with songs such as Poker Face, Paparazzi, and Just Dance, we can see why she was an instant success. 

She Went Into Debt For Her Monster’s Ball Tour Costumes 

April 1, 2010 – Lady Gaga on The Monster Ball Tour in Burswood Dome, Perth. Image source: Michael_Spencer from Perth, WA, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

We all know Lady Gaga loves her costumes, and for her Monster’s Ball tour, she ended up in debt of more than $3 because of her costumes. 

She’s Released Seven Albums So Far

July 2, 2014 – Lady Gaga performing on ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour in Bell Center, Montréal. Image source: proacguy1 from Montreal, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Since her debut album The Fame was released in 2008, she has recorded and released six other albums. That means she has seven albums to her name including two collaborative albums with Tony Bennett. She’s released the following albums to date: 

July 10, 2015 – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam as part of their promotion tour for the Cheek To Cheek album. Image source: JBreeschoten, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • The Fame – 2008
  • Born This Way -2011
  • Artpop -2013
  • Cheek To Cheek – 2014 (Collaboration with Tony Bennett) 
  • Joanne – 2016 
  • Chromatica – 2020
  • Love For Sale – 2021 (Collaboration with Tony Bennett)

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