Lady Gaga has revealed she was once thrown into a rubbish bin as a girl.
In new MTV documentary Lady Gaga: Inside The Outside, the award-winning songstress spoke out about the extent of the bullying she suffered at high school.
"I remember once, some of the girls in my class were hanging out with some boys that I knew... The boys picked me up and threw me in the trash can - on the street, on the corner of my block where all the other girls could see me in the trash," she recalled.
"Everyone was laughing, even I was laughing with that nervous giggle. I remember holding back the tears, my lip was quivering. I was like, 'Don't let them see you cry'. I felt as if I was pathetic."
Gaga - whose real name is Stefani Germanotta - didn't tell a soul about her harrowing ordeal.
"I didn't even tell my parents - that was too embarrassing," she admitted.
"It didn't sink in with me how bullying affected me until later in my life. I knew it affected me deeply, but it wasn't until later that I knew how much it affected me, and how much it was still very present."
The Poker Face star credited her fans - who she dubs 'Monsters' - for helping her face her fears.
"The fans have been a key to my heart, unlocking things in myself that I didn't want to handle, or deal with or address that make me a greater songwriter," she added tearfully.
:: Lady Gaga: Inside The Outside will be shown on MTV US on May 26, and in the UK in June.