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VIDEO: The View Goes Gaga

May 23 2011, Published 7:38 a.m. ET

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On Monday's edition of The View, mega-star Lady Gaga opened up about a magic moment on her musical journey, lofty honors from Forbes and her painful past of being picked on.

And on top of all that, we got to see her mom!

With Mama Gaga (Cynthia Germanotta) -- a spitting image — beaming with pride in the audience, the Judas singer walked out in high platform boots, flanked by men in black suits.

On to promote her new album Born This Way, Barbara Walters gushed over the pop star's meteoric rise to fame in just two years.

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Asked about the moment she knew she made it, Gaga said that "one of the most memorable moments was recently, I was in Mexico City and Guadalajara" when the skies opened and a downpour began.

What made it so special, Gaga said, was that no one left.

"The entire audience was on their feet the whole time ... that was one of those moments."

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Asked about being named as Forbes' most powerful entertainer of the year -- even knocking the mighty Oprah Winfrey down a peg as a result -- the singer with more than 10 million Twitter followers said, "I think power is a funny word.

"You can do great things or really not so great things," she said before showing off the backside of her album, which shows a picture of she interposed with a motorcycle. She said she chose the design because she feels as if she's a vehicle to her fans and getting their message out.

She said her new record's inherent message is to "Be yourself, love who you are and be proud, because you were born this way."

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The hitmaker also discussed the hot-button issue of bullying, opening up about her own personal experiences, and how they shaped her for later in life.

"I used to want to wear a mask every day. I got really bullied. I had a nice group of friends but getting picked on in school ... it sticks with you in life," she said. "I don't think I realize how deeply it affected me until I started to become more successful."

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She said she was picked on for having a big nose and buck teeth, and that she was once even thrown into a trash can.

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The Just Dance singer, known for her outrageous get-ups, didn't disappoint in that department Monday, wearing a blonde-black wig with a cross prominently displayed on it.

"Today, I was lazy so I just grew my hair really long last night," she said. "My real hair is brown-dark brown. Right now it's blonde with two 101 Dalmatians villainess Cruella de Ville strips. I could just rip my weave off in front of you if you'd like.

Gaga -- who described herself “as a show with no intermission” -- said she’s in talks to host Saturday Night Live next year.

Gaga’s new album Born This Way is in stores now.


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