Lady Gaga has been raked over the coals in the media for her recent weight gain, and while she says she tries not to let it bother her, she admits that when it comes to her body image, she wishes she could be more like Adele.
Speaking to the British website Stylist, Gaga says of the media coverage of her weight gain, "I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election...I just thought, 'This is...ridiculous.' I mean what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home?"
The 26-year-old singer continued: "I thought, ‘well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat’, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it?
“She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match," Gaga continued, speaking of the other singer. "She has set the bar very high for a lot of woman (sic). I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people."
Gaga has attributed the weight gain to her love of pizza and pasta, calling herself a “New York Italian girl.” She also blamed her father, Joe Germanotta’s New York City Italian restaurant, Joanne Trattoria.
The “Poker Face” singer has legions of ardent fans around the world.
She turned the criticism she’s faced over her ballooning weight into a tool to help others when she launched a Body Revolution section on her social networking site, LittleMonsters.com.
"Hey Guys its Gaga," she wrote at the September 25 launch. "Now that the body revolution has begun, be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities."
She also posted a picture of herself, eyes closed, wearing a bra and panties, with the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15." She encouraged her fans to do the same.
Within hours of her posts, hundreds of fans responded. One fan wrote, "I LOVE YOU. I have struggled with weight and eating issues my whole life. Your honesty and bravery make is better and for all of us. You are beautiful - today, yesterday and tomorrow."
Gaga may be one of the biggest stars in the world, but in the interview with Stylist, she revealed ordinary insecurities.
Speaking of an engagement party she planned to throw for a friend, she said: “I’m going to be seeing all these girls from high school, and I would be totally lying to you if I didn’t say I was worried about how I’m going to look! I was saying earlier, “I have to look fabulous, I have to look absolutely amazing, some of them were horrible to me!”