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Lady Gaga Peddles a Back Story: I Was Bullied! (Video) 1Lady Gaga needs a back story. She grew up in a well-to-do Manhattan family and went to exclusive private schools. Hard to wring emotion out of that. So, she claims she was bullied as a kid like so, so many other celebrities. Believe it?

Gaga, who rocketed to success after a few years of comfortable slumming on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, told the gullible girls on ABC’s “The View” that she was bullied at school as a kid.

This even though she admitted she had a “nice group of friends.”

That’s kind of so uninteresting, but you have to go with what you’ve got, or stick as close to the real story as you can and make something up.

“I don’t think I realized how deeply it affected me until I started to become more successful,” said Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta.

“And suddenly there’s lots of pressure and I had to be a role model and look inside myself and say, well, what do I have to offer?”

Gaga wants to connect with fans who are facing similar problems.

She has plenty of company. More than 18 celebrities have claimed they were bullied as a child.

Welcome to the club Angelina Jolie, Tim Gunn, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Eva Mendes, Winona Ryder, Rosario Dawson and Tom Cruise among others.

Gaga said she and her fans can “find liberation from our challenges and our identity struggles.”

The “Paparazzi” singer will appear in an upcoming HBO special “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden.”

In the meantime GQ magazine has come up with a way to make Gaga anyone you want her to be.

The latest issue contains a paper doll complete with charcuterie dress, Voltron costume, sperm-and-ovary headpiece and much, much more.

Dress her up; dress her down; Bully her! Check the paper doll here and check out the video below.