The Born This Way star said that she feels all great artists must wear their hearts on their sleeves in order to connect with listeners.
GaGa told AOL Music: "I learned that to be a great artist, you must be emotionally very thin. Your tears and your anger and your happiness must be just under the surface of your first layer of skin. I like to say 'emotionally thin' because it's much more dramatic. Vulnerable to me implies only tears."
Asked if living in such a manner has many downsides, the 25-year-old responded: "Well, in my mind, to be a great artist you must be private and public at all times.
"And yet I'm part of an industry that challenges the pop female head-on, guns-a-blazing. I have to be emotionally thin but equally strong and impervious."
GaGa recently revived her male alter ego Jo Calderone for the artwork for her new single 'You and I'.
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