When you think of Lady Gaga, what pops in your head? A person wearing a dress made of meat on a red carpet? Maybe a beautiful young woman singing a duet with the incomparable Tony Bennett? Maybe you even imagine her as a sexed up vampire queen from American Horror Story? She certainly is an enigma, but true originals usually are.
Lady Gaga is a self-made pop superstar who’s created a larger-than-life personality and thrives on the theatrical. But then again, that's just who she is on stage. The real Lady Gaga - neé Stefani Germanotta - is a classical pianist, a My Little Pony enthusiast, a former drug addict, and so much more. After scouring every Lady Gaga bio there is, here are the best stories, quotes, and trivia to paint a picture of the real Gaga.
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There's A Genus of Ferns Named After HerThere's a whole genus of ferns named after Lady Gaga, including the Gaga germanotta and the Gaga monstraparva. A Reddit user asked Gaga what she thought of her namesake plants and she responded, "It's pretty cool, especially since it is an asexual fern, there are 19 species contained within the genus. All sexless, judgeless. How cool. How I wish to be."
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Her Dad Started The Company "Guest WiFi"If you've ever enjoyed the Guest WiFi in a hotel, you can thank Lady Gaga's dad. Back in 2002, Joe Germanotta pioneered the hotel WiFi movement, starting with a Holiday Inn in New Jersey.
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Gaga Went Blonde To Avoid Being Confused With Amy WinehouseA reporter once mistakenly interviewed Lady Gaga for five minutes thinking she was Amy Winehouse. After that, Gaga decided to go blonde to create her own identity. “Amy is a badass but I want to be known for my own look," she declared. Now it's hard to imagine Gaga any other way.
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Her Meat Dress Was A Statement On "Don't Ask Don't Tell"Gaga said, "I wore it attending the VMA'S with gay discharged soldiers from the military to make a statement. When we die, the meat on our bones bears no sexuality, no difference. We should not discriminate against those willing to give their life to protect Americans. Because when our lives are taken, we are meat all the same."
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She's Obsessed With My Little Pony
She loved My Little Pony as a kid. "I was obsessed with the idea of a creature that was born with something magical that made them the misfits in the world of the stallion," she said. Looking back, that's a pretty accurate metaphor for her life, as well!Who would have thought that Bronies and Lady Gaga would have had so much in common?
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Her Ex-Boyfriend/Producer Helped Coin The Name Lady GagaWhile texting about the Queen song "Radio Gaga," her producer's phone auto-corrected it to "Lady Gaga." The name stuck! From that day on, Stefani Germanotta ceased to exist and Gaga was born.