Photo via Glamour

Photo via Glamour

In middle school, everyone told you that the cocky kids were overcompensating for how much they hated themselves. In news that will surely shock you to the core, one A-list celebrity who wears bouillon cubes on her head and crawls out of human-sized robin eggs maybe craves attention. Lady Gaga candidly talks about her self-esteem issues in this December’s Glamour, and it’s equal parts charming and depressing. Oh, and the cover is photoshopped to hell.

Are the medium rare dresses and decapitated Kermit ensembles all there to distract us from seeing the real Stefani concealed within the Gaga? Maybe. When asked if her elaborate costumes are there to disguise insecurity, and if she’s afraid of what’s underneath the layers, Gaga responded, “I would say that I am. Maybe it’s from the things I experienced in my past, you know?”

Wow, man. While I’m not overjoyed to hear about one person’s persevering emotional struggles, the 27-year-old icon definitely has some fans who could seriously benefit from her honesty.

Interviewer Andy Cohen went on to ask, “Do you consider yourself to be beautiful?” Um, how is someone supposed to answer that? Luckily, Gaga had a pretty decent response:

Not conventionally beautiful. If there was some sort of mathematical equation for beauty, I don’t know if I would be the algorithm. I’ve always been okay with that. I’m not a supermodel. That’s not what I do. What I do is music. I want my fans to feel the way I do, to know what they have to offer is just as important, more important, than what’s happening on the outside.

Okay, yeah. I’m glad that someone so famous for her uninhibited style is also willing to be vulnerable, and I’m glad Gaga has made effort to show her fanbase that it’s cool to prioritize the things you can change over the things you can’t. We’re not always on board with some of her fashion choices, but I’ll give the message behind her Glamour interview a thumbs-up. As for the crazily photoshopped cover? Blegh.