Behind Lady Gaga's bejeweled sunglasses, platinum hair, wild outfits and six-inch heels lies a daughter who just wants to make her parents proud. Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in Yonkers, NY, is no doubt doing that. Her seemingly meteoric rise is actually the result of years of hard work, bolstered by her mom's tireless support. "My mother taught me that I was capable of anything," she says. "And I believed her with a tremendous heart filled with delusion."
That delusion is paying off. Lady Gaga's first single, 'Just Dance,' topped the Billboard Hot 100, and her second single, 'Pokerface,' is well on its way. Her debut album, 'The Fame,' is also inching its way toward the top of the charts.
Lady Gaga speaks very methodically and deliberately, as if she's weighing every word to make sure it represents her truth. "I know I speak quite pretentiously and arrogantly about my music," she says. "What I mean to say is, 'I don't exist unless my vision is properly executed on the stage.'" Luckily, her vision has come to life. Lady Gaga started her first headlining tour in mid-March. Before she hit the road, she spent some time with AOL Sessions to talk about alter egos, "Letters to a Young Poet," nail polish and, of course, fame. Or should we say, "The Fame."