Koji Sasahara, AP
During the Maria Shriver-lead the discussion, a young female student stood up and asked the pop icon about her seemingly endless body confidence. It was then Gaga decided to come clean about her past battle with bulimia.
"I struggle with body issues, and I know you're so confident in the way you dress. And I am wondering how you deal with such issues," the student asked Gaga. Then, as The Huffington Post reports, the room went silent for a moment before Gaga answered the student directly. "I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I'm not that confident," she admitted.
"And maybe it's easier for me to talk about it now because I don't do it anymore. I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night," Lady Gaga revealed. "I used to come home and say, 'Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.' And he'd say, 'Eat your spaghetti.'"
The superstar commented on the unrealistic standards of beauty presented in the media, saying, "Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect. It's not real life." She gave the student a solid piece of advice and encouragement before addressing the entire audience. "It's really hard, but you've got to talk to somebody about it. And the fact that you stood up in front of this whole room and said that is so incredible ... I'm gonna say this about girls: The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it's affecting kids your age. And it's making girls sick."
When Shriver asked Gaga how she eventually conquered her eating disorder, the pop star answered, "It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal chords -- it's very bad. But for those of you who don't sing, you maybe don't have that excuse until it's too late. It's very dangerous."
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