In her upcoming appearance on Ellen, Lady Gaga addresses that clip from her HBO special in which she tearfully admits in a makeup chair that she "sometimes [feels] like a loser kid in high school."
"In that moment I was very excited and nervous. That was a huge, benchmark moment in my life. I'm 25 years old. I was asked to play Madison Square Garden, sold out five nights. Quite frankly it's very overwhelming. Do I feel like a loser sometimes? Yes. We all feel like losers sometimes."
Well. When she puts it that way, then spoken mantras like, "I cannot be destroyed, and I will not be destroyed, and you will never destroy the kingdom that is my fans" start to sound less like the paranoid rantings of a mushrooming diva, and more like an insecure pop star's version of a Stuart Smalley self-affirmation.