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All the Times Famous People Proved Their Biggest Critics Wrong

By Tiffany White

The path to fame isn't easy, and for many celebs, that path was paved with loud critics who doubted their aspirations. From being told they're not talented to dealing with major career rejections, these famous folks went on to be successful despite their haters.

1. Lady Gaga

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The pop-star-turned-movie-star has had several setbacks throughout her career, from album disasters (Art Flop, anyone?) to being accused of plagiarism. But Gaga's path to fame started way back in her NYU days. Back then she was just Stefani Germanotta, a brunette college student who sang in a cover band was considered a little too ambitious for her classmates' liking. The teasing and bullying got so bad, one student even created a Facebook group called "Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous." Wow, rude.

"Bullying really stays with you your whole life," she told Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "And it really, really never goes away. And I know you're using words like 'superstar' and 'most-Googled' and 'billions of YouTube [views].' But I was never the winner. I was always the loser. And that still stays with me. And do I want to stick it to anybody? No. I just wanna make music."

Those classmates are probably eating their words now.