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Lady Gaga "Felt Like a Freak" Growing Up.

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There's a method to to Lady Gaga's madness!

Lady Gaga tells Ellen DeGeneres that she's been letting her freak flag fly for all the misfits out there, according to

"I didn't fit in in high school and I felt like a freak," she reveals to the talk-show host in an interview airing Friday. "So I like to create this atmosphere for my fans where they feel like they have a freak in me to hang out with and they don't feel alone."

"The whole point of what I do – The Monster Ball, the music, the performance aspect of it – I want to create a space for my fans where they can feel free and they can celebrate," Gaga tells

The singer wants fans who don't fit in to know that she's been in their shoes and she knows what it's like to be discriminated against for expressing her individuality.

She also explains that her weirdness is no act.

"This is really who I am, and it took a long time to be okay with that," she says, as quoted by People.

"Sometimes in life you don't always feel like a winner, but that doesn't mean you're not a winner, you want to be like yourself," she tells Ellen. "I want my fans to know it's okay."

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