Lady Gaga Reveals Eating Disorder & Mental Health Battles in New Book

Lady Gaga, known to catch people and fans off guard, has revealed a bit more about her personal life and struggles on her way to stardom. A tell-all new book on Lady Gaga reveals that the performers road to success was never smooth, ultimately leading her to dealing with eating disorders to help avoid feeling depressed about what she saw as her ideal body image.

Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga is due out on September 14. According to the unauthorized biography, Lady Gaga went to dangerous lengths to maintain her onstage image. Author Maureen Callahan claims that the singer suffers from an eating disorder and was hospitalized at least 6 times in 2009.

Callahan, a noted reporter for the New York Post, compiled her research by interviewing 50 of Lady Gagas friends, employees, and colleagues in the music industry.

The stars former manager David Ciemny "recalled being on tour with Gaga and said she would binge on sweets and unhealthy food, then not eat for weeks to fit into her costumes - one time losing 20 pounds between fittings," reports RadarOnline. When I say she was sick, I mean physically and mentally, Ciemny says in the biography.

"We haven't seen a character like this since Madonna and Prince, and Gaga has done [her career] so much faster and exploded in a bigger way," Callahan told ABCNews.com.

The 24-year-old recording artist, born Stefani Joanne Germanotta, released her debut, billboard-topping album The Fame in 2008. She soon made a name for herself with her over-the-top concerts, her provocative music videos, and her attention-grabbing outfits.

Lady Gaga has become a music icon almost overnight, but Callahans book may just demonstrate how a performers outward image can take a serious psychological toll on the individual underneath.

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