When Lady Gaga was just starting out, she refused to take any money from her parents. She was so determined to make it as a pop star that she didn’t want any handouts from anyone.
She said, “When I decided I wanted to be a performer I knew it was a path I would have to carve out on my own. It wasn’t what my parents wanted, but they supported me in my wishes. I took no money from them. I moved out of home into a tiny apartment in New York. I took jobs waitressing, working in burlesque clubs, waiting in bars… It was tough and it was exciting and it was non-stop, and it was all my own journey. It gave me the work ethic I have today and it gave me a feeling that there was something honorable about doing it all myself with no handouts. If you want something really badly you have to be prepared to put yourself through anything, work your backside off and never stop.”