[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] tracks the moments in her life that helped shape her and make the artistic transition from New York native Stefani Germanotta to Lady Gaga, global pop superstar. In an hour-long exclusive interview, "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside," set to air Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, the star opens up about her ties to her past and how they've impacted the woman she is today.
"I'm really quite traditional, actually, contrary to what some people might think about me. I'm quite traditional in the family sense," she says, adding, "My dad was just trying to breathe normally. He's still trying to breathe normally."
While he might still be trying to adjust to Gaga's outlandish pop persona, her father has always been helping her build the musical foundation she now draws on. "My parents got me Stevie Wonder 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' and the Beatles when I was younger," she recalls. "Good choices, mom and dad. Don't spoon-feed me the Beatles and Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and Elton John and expect for me not to turn out this way.
"These were the words that changed my life: 'Have you ever thought about writing music?' " she reveals in the special, during which she also opens up about other pivotal moments, such as the time she bought her first wig and was cast as Adelaide in her high school's production of "Guys and Dolls."
During the intimate chat, Mother Monster opens up about her rise to fame — from her school days of being bullied by classmates to the moment she decided to pursue her dream of pop stardom. She speaks in-depth about the moments that shaped her as an artist, including the upcoming release of her highly anticipated album, Born This Way, on May 23.
"Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside" also focuses on Gaga at home, spotlighting her close relationship with her family and her life growing up in Manhattan before she made the decision to move out on her own to New York City's Lower East Side. Fans will get to intimately know the girl that became Lady Gaga.
Don't miss MTV News' hour-long exclusive interview, "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside," airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.