Lady Gaga thrust her insecurities into the spotlight over the weekend when she revealed to a sold-out crowd at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa-sponsored show in Atlantic City that she still struggles with a number of personal battles.
The sensational pop star is well known for nurturing a close connection with her fans -- or "Monsters" as she calls them -- but her interaction with the audience at the Boardwalk Hall on July 4 made for the most compelling part of the night, which featured stunning sets and avant garde costumes.
“You know I didn’t have a lot of friends in high school," Gaga shared. "They made fun of me. I just felt like a freak. You know what I told them? That I was going to be a star. A huge star."
By the fans’ screams of adoration it seems like Gaga has fulfilled that prophecy. But even in light of selling out the venue, staggering record sales and having the most fans on Facebook (more than President Obama), Gaga still looked to her followers for approval.
“Do you think I am sexy? I’m severely unconfident in myself so I kind of abuse this part of the show. So do you think I’m sexy?”
Later in the show Mother Monster added, “I’m kind of like Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. If you don’t scream and clap for me I’ll die.”
If the young singer is truly self conscious it didn’t seem to effect her strut on stage performing her radio hits like “Paparazzi,” “Just Dance,” and the closer “Bad Romance.”
After professing her love for the excited Jersey crowd Gaga also acknowledged that her favorite city to party in was but a few hours on the ACES train away.
“There’s club in New York that I went to with a bunch of freaks,” she said. She also mentioned the Manhattan mixology hot spot Death & Co. during a song written about a guy who would rather drink there than spend time with her.
After the show Ms. Gaga returned to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to spend time with a number of friends and family that attended the show. At the Borgata she chose to keep the night low key by betting at the Blackjack tables while her friend Perez Hilton hosted a party in her honor with DJ Steve Aoki at MIXX not too far away.