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Separating the Lady From the Gaga in Vogue (photos)

Lady Gaga lets her guard down to reveal a little more about Stefani Germanotta in a new Vogue interview. The 24-year-old music sensation is a distillation of her Italian roots, her family and her quite proper upbringing at an exclusive private Manhattan school — with a twist, of course.

It’s more an exploration of the “Lady” rather than the “Gaga,” according to the article.

Although she is famous for her on-stage persona, the eccentric outfits and her slavish devotion to her fans, aka her little monsters, she’s still called Stefani at home.

In fact she prefers Stefani, even when she’s ravishly making love.

To be called Lady Gaga, “that would freak me out,” she tells Anderson Cooper in an upcoming “60 Minutes” interview.

Check out Lady Gaga’s photos; click to enlarge.

“I am a real family girl. When it comes to love and loyalty, I am very old-fashioned. And I am quite down-to-earth for such an eccentric person,” she says.

Given her background, the Lady Gaga myth sometimes seems a little hard to swallow.

After all, Gloria Vanderbilt also attended her school, Convent of the Sacred Heart. It’s known for matriculating proper Catholic girls, not platinum-haired meat-dress-wearing pop stars.
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But Gaga says she was always the rebel.

“I was this really bad, rebellious misfit of a person – I still am -sneaking out, going to clubs, drugs, alcohol, older men, younger men,” she says.

“You imagine it, I did it. I was just a bad kid.”

That’s why she relates so much with her fans. “I look at them, and every show there’s a little more eyeliner, a little more freedom, and a little more ‘I don’t give a f*** about the bullies at my school.”

Lady Gaga is all about invention and re-invention. It’s what makes her unique, driven, an artist. But take it with a grain of salt. She’s still Stefani inside.

Check out her photos, and check out Vogue for its in-depth look at the star.

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