Lady Gaga is hailed for her exuberant self-confidence, but the pop superstar said she still struggles with body image after overcoming a 10-year battle with the eating disorder bulimia.
"I always have been [conflicted about my body]," Gaga told Glamour Oct. 29. "And some days are better than others, you know? Some days I feel fantastic. Today’s good. [But] at the end of the day, I’m a tortured soul."
In September 2012, Lady Gaga made headlines after revealing that she has battled anorexia and bulimia since age 15.
She made the revelation after being fat-shamed by weight bullies for gaining 25 pounds last summer, which she has since lost. Gaga used her blog confession to encourage women to love and accept themselves no matter what their size.
Gaga, who says she was bullied for being "fat, ugly and weird' during high school, said she's happy with her looks, even though she doesn't look like a supermodel.
[I am] not conventionally beautiful. If there was some sort of mathematical equation for beauty, I don’t know if I would be the algorithm. I’ve always been OK with that.
I’m not a supermodel. That’s not what I do. What I do is music. I want my fans to feel the way I do, to know what they have to offer is just as important, more important, than what’s happening on the outside."
As a result of her harrowing experiences as a bullying victim, Lady Gaga invested $1.2 million of her own money to launch the Born This Way Foundation in 2011. On Nov. 3, 10 runners representing the youth-empowerment organization will run the New York City Marathon.
The runners have raised $115,000 for anti-bullying and empowerment programs, and are running to spotlight the dangers of bullying, which contributes to the alarming rates of teen suicide every year. Lady Gaga is proud of Born This Way for providing a safe forum for young people to connect.
The five-time Grammy winner has overcome a lot to be where she is now, and is happy with her success. But above all, she's happy with the person she has become through her struggles.
"I’m confident in who I am," she said. "I’ve come to a place in my life where I’ve accepted things that are me, as opposed to feeling pressure to explain myself to people around me. That’s just the way I’ve always tried to be. It didn’t change when I became a star."