12 September 2013 8:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lady Gaga isn't who she used to be. And for good reason. "I am - Stefani is - a perpetually tortured artist. That's why I changed my name. I can't be her in public. She would be a mess!" the former Stefani Germanotta explains to Elle in its October issue, on newsstands Sept. 24. The 27-year-old's past is always a topic of much discussion, not all of it friendly. But the pop star, who has battled eating disorders and drug problems, dismisses those who question how much she really struggled when she was younger. "Everyone is so cynical - that I can't purely love my fans, »


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