London: Pop star Lady Gaga refused to take money from her parents at the start of her career because she was determined to succeed without "handouts".
The "Poker Face" singer enjoyed a comfortable family life growing up in New York, attending an exclusive private school before she moved out of home and attempted to find success as a singer on the city`s club scene.
Gaga admits she struggled financially during her formative years, but she refused to accept any help from her loved ones especially her folks, reports express.co.uk.
"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," she said.
"It gave me the work ethic I have today and it gave me a feeling that there was something honourable 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," she added.