From chart-topping singles like "Poker Face" to gruesomely good acting in American Horror Story, there is no doubt that Lady Gaga is easily one of the most talented and explosive artists in the world today.
But back in the good ol' days, when the Bad Romance singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, was still attending New York University and regularly performing at local bars, she wasn’t as popular as you might think.
In fact, she had an extremely loyal crew of haters, who even went as far as creating a Facebook group titled “Stefani Germonotta, you will never be famous”, posting regularly about how she was an “attention whore” and would never fulfil her dreams of becoming a pop star.
These details were revealed back in 2016, when her former classmate, Lauren Bohn, wrote a lengthy Facebook post describing the extent of the bullying. Remembering her time as a first year at NYU, Bohn recalls finding the Facebook page which consisted of 12 members.
The group was peppered with comments, sharp as porcupine needles, vilifying the aspiring musician for being an "attention-whore." Scores asked: "Who does she think she is?" I also remember one dude posting a flyer for one of her upcoming gigs at a local village bar. He had clearly stomped on the flyer, an outline of his muddy sole [soul] struggling to eclipse her name.
Describing how she found out, that up-and-coming artist Lady Gaga was the very same girl that was being bullied five years prior, she wrote:
I was overcome with a dizzying emotional cocktail of stage-mom-at-a-beauty-pageant and nerd-revenge triumph. But also shame. Shame that I never wrote on that group, shame that I never defended the girl with the intense raven eyes -- the girl whose brave flyers were stomped on, probably somewhere near my dorm.
Stefani, thank you. Thank you for always thinking you're a superstar, for using your cracks to let the light come out more brightly. Humans, let's follow suit.
Fast forward to 2019 and Lady Gaga just accepted an Oscar in the Best Song category for her ballad "Shallow" in A Star is Born, becoming the first ever woman to win an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA and Golden Globe all in the same year.
Look who's living the dream now, haters!
When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook group called “Stefani Germanotta, you’ll never be famous” an… https://t.co/dn7H16VjXc
In her speech at the Academy Awards last weekend, the emotional singer, thanked her family and friends before revealing how hard she worked for that very moment:
I've worked hard for a long time, and it's not about, you know...it's not about winning. But what it's about is not giving up.
If you have a dream, fight for it. There's a discipline for passion. And it's not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or you're beaten up. It's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going
Lady Gaga’s acceptance speech for Best Original Song: “It’s not about winning, but what it’s about is not giving up… https://t.co/Jni40b9Egn
— Lady Gaga Now ☕️🥄 (@Lady Gaga Now ☕️🥄)
You know what they say – revenge is a dish best served cold.