The sky`s the limit for LadyGaga -- the young, mysterious and daring pop star -- who`s charted a record four No. 1 hits off her first album, "The Fame." With her outrageous outfits, sexually charged songs, and blood soaked performances, she has singlehandedly redefined just how far out "outlandish fashion" can be.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, LadyGaga, 23, talked about her skyrocketing career, her family, and what she believes is the biggest misconception about her.
"That I am artificial and attention-seeking, when the truth is that, every bit of me is ... devoted to love and art," Gaga told Walters. "I am a songwriter. I`m a performance artist. I`m a daughter and a sister.
"I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans ... who feel just like I felt when I was younger. ... I felt like a freak," she said. "I guess, what I`m trying to say is, I want to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel - that they can create their own space in the world."
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, LadyGaga grew up in an Italian family on New York City`s Upper West Side. She learned to play the piano as a child and by age 13 started writing her own songs.
"I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star," she said. "I was almost a monster in the way that I was fearless with my ambitions."
By age 18, she was performing in New York nightclubs, where friends gave her the nickname "Gaga."
"I was performing in New York and my friends started to call me Gaga. They said I was very theatrical. ... So they said, you`re Gaga," she told Walters.
Two years later, she landed a record deal and has made her way to the top. On New Year`s Eve, she had the hottest ticket in America, selling out the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami with tables costing as much as $25,000 each.