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Friday 23 February 2018

Ready for her close up: Lady Gaga as you've never seen her before

Singer Lady Gaga's eccentric style was evident from the beginning of her career. Pictured in 2008 at the NewNow Awards.
Singer Lady Gaga's eccentric style was evident from the beginning of her career. Pictured in 2008 at the NewNow Awards.
White has always been a favourite colour of Gaga's. Pictured at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2008.
Lady Gaga does monochrome as shetravels to Oz.
The singer is known for her wacky outfits on stage. Pictured at the 2009 American Music Awards.
The popstar is known to experiment with different materials and textures. Pictured at the Pussycat Dolls Concert, Brisbane 2009.
Gaga is a fan of masks, wigs and hats. Pictured at the 13th Annual 2009 ACE Awards.
Lady Gaga has always had the paparazzi in a frenzy.
The world's highest-earner under 30 knows how to strike a pose. Pictured at the DLD Star Night 2009.
Possibly Gaga's most controversial outfit ever. The star wore raw meat for her onstage performance and hit headlines worldwide. Pictured at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Wacky could be one word for it. Gaga shows the Parisians how fashion is done.
The singer smeared her chest with red paint to depict blood at an iHeartRadio Music Festival concert performance.
Gaga took on the character of Jo Calderone for the night, and didn't stray from it at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
The 27-year-old lives by the motto, "The bigger, the better."
Gaga's choice of headwear hinders her vision for her "Fame" perfume launch in 2012.
Gaga flashes a bit of flesh at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

She has been out of the limelight for some time. But fans of Lady Gaga might not even recognise her from this latest photograph.

The "Born this Way" singer posted a picture of herself make-up free, without her signature dark eyebrows, to reveal she had drawn on "past pain" to create her new record, ARTPOP, from which she is releasing a teaser single this week.

The pop star's vulnerable self-presentation is a contrast to her usually more manicured appearance. She is known for her ever-changing look of dyed hair, red lipstick and heavy eye make-up.

Gaga posted the photo to her fan site littlemonsters.com ahead of releasing a new single.

She wrote: “As they pry the single from my bleeding fingers. It’s a scary thing to revisit those things underneath, the pain in your past. But all I found was raw passion. I thought I was destroyed inside. I’m ready to fight. Start the music.”

Gaga's forthcoming album, due for release in November, will draw on dark past experiences.

The singer has previously spoken openly about taking “bags and bags” of cocaine and LSD at the start of her music career. She also revealed she had suffered from bulimia and anorexia since the age of 15 after she was criticised for putting on weight last year.

Earlier this month the pop star shut down her Twitter account, deleting tweets up to February 2013 when she had to cancel all remaining US dates on her Born this Way tour due to surgery on her hip.

Despite her shortened tour and recent hiatus, the 27-year-old was yesterday named the wealthiest celebrity under 30 by Forbes with an estimated fortune of £52 million.

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