Lady Gaga is being fat-shamed again after gaining a few pounds, but she refuses to let it bother her.
Gaga defiantly posted an Instagram photo July 21 with the caption, "curvy and proud," after several fans called her "fat." One commenter even wrote: "Gaga is over, she is fat, Katy [Perry] is better than her."
This isn't the first time Lady Gaga has been fat-shamed after a minor weight gain. In September 2012, Gaga confessed she had gained 25 pounds during the summer bingeing on pasta and pizza.
"I’m dieting right now, because I gained, like, 25 pounds,” Gaga told radio host Elvis Duran. “And I really don’t feel bad about [the weight gain], not even for a second, because I have to be on such a strict diet constantly."
Battled Anorexia and Bulimia Since Age 15
Her weight gain did not go unnoticed by the media, which ran unflattering photos and numerous stories about her bulging belly. The fat-shaming uproar inspired Lady Gaga to respond with a blog post where she revealed she had suffered from anorexia and bulimia for more than a decade.
"Bulimia & Anorexia since I was 15," she wrote. "My weight/loss/gain since i was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it."
The 5-foot-1 Gaga, who admits she diets and works out obsessively to stay rock-star skinny, said she has learned over the years to embrace her body, no matter what her weight or size, and encouraged her fans to do the same. Gaga added that her boyfriend, actor Taylor Kinney, prefers her curvier.
Overcame Severe Depression in 2013
Despite her strong personality, Lady Gaga admitted she recently suffered a severe bout of depression.
"I became very depressed at the end of 2013," Gaga told Harper's Bazaar. "I was exhausted fighting people off. I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness, like an anchor dragging everywhere I go."
The pop icon said she overcame her depression after having a series of heartfelt talks with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, and by improving her health.
Gaga said the root of her depression was the constant presence of greedy hangers-on, who tried to exploit her fame and fortune. She said learning to develop a thicker skin and becoming more protective of herself has enabled her to relax.
As is common with depression, Lady Gaga said her sadness drained her energy and wore her down emotionally. "I didn't feel like standing up for myself one more time to one more person who lied to me," she said. "But I woke up, started crying again, and I looked in the mirror and said, 'I know you don't want to fight. I know it hurts, but you won't survive this depression.'"
The "Fame Monster" songstress said focusing on her love for music and her fans finally helped her overcome her sadness and apathy. "You have [fight] to for your music," she said. "You have to for your fans and your family. Depression doesn't take away your talents. It just makes them harder to find. But I always find it."