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Never one to shy away from revealing personal details about herself, Lady Gaga told teenagers at a Los Angeles conference this week that she struggled with bulimia in high school.
A featured guest at the "It's Our Turn" conference held at the Brentwood School, Gaga sat down with former California first lady Maria Shriver for a keynote interview, in which the "Born This Way" singer admitted she had an eating disorder while attending her posh Manhattan private school.
"I used to throw up all the time in high school," said the 25-year-old star, who has also been vocal about being bullied in high school. "So I'm not that confident. 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. 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."
According to Radar Online, the Mother Monster encouraged a student with body issues to seek professional help and cautioned that eating disorders have dangerous side effects -- even for your voice.
"It's really hard, but ... you've got to talk to somebody about it." she said. "It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal cords ... it's very bad."
The Grammy winner, who once made a controversial statement about how "pop stars should not eat" to New York magazine, confessed that she still has issues with her weight.
"Weight is still a struggle. Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you -- they make you perfect," she confessed. "It's not real life. I'm gonna say this about girls: The dieting has 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."