Lady Gaga Talks Waitressing, Procreating And Death In Elle: Cover Story

Whether or not she's allowed to compete in the Best New Artist category in the 2010 Grammy Awards, it's clear no performer has left a more glittery mark on the music industry this year than pop starlet Lady Gaga. Her blood-soaked MTV Video Music Awards performance alone will earn her a spot in an upcoming episode of "I Love the 2000s." But with such a grand persona, it's easy to forget that behind Gaga's "Poker Face" lies a regular girl who worked hard to realize her dream. The native New Yorker sat down with Elle magazine to talk about her road to success and her future family plans.

Like many struggling artists, the Fame Monster singer waited tables in NYC to make ends meet and even gained a bit of performance experience along the way. “I was really good at it," she boasted. "I always got big tips. I always wore heels to work! I told everybody stories, and for customers on dates, I kept it romantic. It’s kind of like performing.”

If you've seen any of her performances including that infamous VMA appearance or her music video "Paparazzi," you know a common theme in Gaga's work is death, which she told the magazine is very much intentional. “I feel that if I can show my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own legend. I can show you so you’re not looking for it. I’m dying for you on domestic television—here’s what it looks like, so no one has to wonder.”

But for all her flamboyant showmanship and overt sexuality, Lady Gaga's had to fight to keep sex off of her album covers. “My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label," she explained. "I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough…The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”

Now that she's reached a level of success few could fathom, Gaga wants to relish it before settling down (as much as the singer could ever "settle down") and having a family. “In eight to 10 years, I want to have babies for my dad to hold, grandkids," she admitted. "And I want to have a husband who loves and supports me, just the way anyone else does. I would never leave my career for a man right now, and I would never follow a man around.”

What do you think about Lady Gaga's understated Elle cover?