Lady Gaga vs. Stefani Germanotta – why the singer prefers her stage name

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The 27-year-old singer explains why she changed her name when she entered showbiz.

“I am – Stefani is – a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!” Gaga revealed.

About the difficulties in her past, the critics, the singer tells the mag: “Everyone is so cynical – that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking me if I really, truly struggled.”

“Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?” she adds.

But she handles the pressure very well: “I’m great under pressure. I’m a warrior. I’m Rocky, round 12.”

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