Lady Gaga: Why Rocky IV Inspires Me

Singer also talks bullying in 'Rolling Stone' cover story
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2011 9:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lady Gaga’s inspiration comes from … Rocky IV? Apparently so: "My favorite part is when Apollo's ex-trainer says to Rocky, 'He is not a machine. He's a man. Cut him, and once he feels his own blood, he will fear you,’” she tells Rolling Stone. “I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking about the machine of the music industry. I started to think about how I have to make the music industry bleed to remind it that it's human, it's not a machine." (In other Gaga-related news, Mashable reports that Amazon is clearing up this week's little problem by again offering her album for 99 cents.)

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In the RS cover story, Gaga also reveals that she knows what it’s like to be bullied. In high school, she was teased for “being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying,” she says. “'Your laugh is funny, you're weird, why do you always sing, why are you so into theater, why do you do your make-up like that?’" And it didn’t stop when she first became famous: "Being myself in public was very difficult," she says. "I was being poked and probed and people would actually touch me and touch my clothes and be like, 'What the f**k is that,' just so awful.” Click to see Gaga’s Rolling Stone cover, complete with bleached eyebrows. (Read more Lady Gaga stories.)

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