I feel like if you're a really good human being, you can try to find something beautiful in every single person, no matter what.
What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope... It is not a reflection of all religious people.
My apartment is my stage, and my bedroom is my stage -- they're just not stages you're allowed to see.
I was very depressed when I was 19... I would go back to my apartment every day and I would just sit there. It was quiet and it was lonely. It was still. It was just my piano and myself. I had a television and I would leave it on all the time just to feel like somebody was hanging out with me.
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.
I wanted to only create a great perfume, not any perfume that would sell, but a great artistic one that the fans would not feel cheated by.
Love is an interesting thing.
Love is an interesting thing. Perhaps I've never been in love before -- I don't really know? I think I have. I guess it's subjective in that way.
I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week which in New York was impossible. So I used to waitress across the street from where I grew up.
Well, in order for me to be successful... In order to be a great artist -- musician, actor, painter, whatever -- you must be able to be private in public at all times.
I dropped out of NYU, moved out of my parent's house, got my own place, and survived on my own. I made music and worked my way from the bottom up.
I want my fans to love themselves. It's almost like I want to hypnotize them so when they hear my music they love themselves instantly.
I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way -- artistically.
I work very hard, but when God opens that door for you -- when life opens that door for you, I should say -- I think it's important to be giving, to return the love back.
When you're around me and really see that all I do is live and breathe for my work, it's not strange, it's just Gaga.
I think what made it difficult for people to get, and still makes it difficult for people to get, is the theatrical nature of the work and the fact that, my music doesn't exist without the performance-art element.
What I've learned is that you really don't need to be a celebrity or have money or have the paparazzi following you around to be famous.
I've been actually really very pleased to see how much awareness was raised around bullying, and how deeply it affects everyone. You know, you don't have to be the loser kid in high school to be bullied. Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms.
I don't like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I'm from New York. I will kill to get what I need.
I actually don't want a throne at all, because I don't view myself as a queen; I view myself as one of my fans.
I hope that what you take away from my album is not just the music -- which I did want to be fun, and I did want it to be about individuality, but please also take away from it that there's no dream that's too big.
I don't think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one.
I talk about myself in the third person all the time. I don't live my life in the way someone like you does. I live my life completely serving only my work and my fans.
So there's nothing more provocative than taking a genre that everybody who's cool hates -- and then making it cool.
I'm definitely a Polaroid camera girl. For me, what I'm really excited about is bringing back the artistry and the nature of Polaroid.
I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.
In order for me to be successful... In order to be a great artist -- musician, actor, painter, whatever -- you must be able to be private in public at all times. That is what we do.
I went to see 'Phantom of the Opera' with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music... Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time -- the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music.
I was doing these performance art pop music pieces in the city. And they were a bit on the eccentric side I suppose. So people started to call me Gaga after the Queen song 'Radio Gaga.'
I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions.
I love my daddy. My daddy's everything. I hope I can find a man that will treat me as good as my dad.
The only big things I've purchased are my dad's heart valve and a Rolls-Royce for my parents, for their anniversary. And that was only because my dad had a Lady Gaga license plate on our old car and it was making me crazy because he was getting followed everywhere, so I bought him a new car.
I was performing in New York and my friends started to call me Gaga, they said I was very theatrical and they said, 'You're Gaga'.
Unless I am both capable of and willing to reopen the wound every time I write a song, if I choose to not look inside myself to write music, I'm really not worth being called an artist at all.
The darkness, the loop of negative thoughts on repeat, clamours and interferes with the music I hear in my head.
When I say to you, there is nobody like me, and there never was, that is a statement I want every woman to feel and make about themselves.
Where I come from it was really unheard of to be at a party and someone says, 'What kind of music do you make?,' and you say, 'Pop music.' You may as well have 'I'm not cool' stamped on your forehead.
Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.
I don't like L.A. It's just not fun. I don't know why, but I just don't get it. You have to drive to get everywhere, and when it rains everybody freaks out.
I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in that way.