By Gena Oppenheim
Behind Lady Gaga's glitzy costumes and bubbly pop music, she's just a real woman with real-life problems. In the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, on newsstands Feb. 18, the "Applause" singer opens up about her past eating disorder, how she's learned to speak up for herself and more. Click through to read more of her empowering interview!
On something that she's better at now than when she was younger:
"I am better with food. I don't have an eating disorder anymore. I'm also better at not letting people take advantage of me. Five years ago, when I spotted someone with a hidden agenda, I allowed them to stay around me. I didn't want to believe it. I thought if I ignored it, then they would eventually see me again -- that I'm a human being and not a doll. But it doesn't work that way. I speak up now. I realized that it's my own fault that people take advantage. I should be around people who cherish my talents, my health, my time. I'm not a pawn for anyone's future business. I'm an artist. I deserve better than to be loyal to people who only believe in me because I make money."
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