Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga: Adele Is bigger than I am, both in size and confidence. Reuters/Twitter

Singer Lady Gaga, who has been widely criticised for putting on weight, has admitted she was inspired by pop star Adele's confidence as a larger woman and that she has "set the bar very high for a lot of women".

After being attacked for gaining weight, Lady Gaga launched a page on her site entitled A Body Revolution 2013 in September, which prompted fans to highlight their own body issues. During an interview with Stylist magazine, the American singer talked about her campaign and admitted she was shocked to see some of the pictures that were posted online.

"I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet - my mum called me and was like, 'Did you gain weight?' - everybody was telling me about it, and I didn't really care," she said. "But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election - I just thought, 'This is f-ing ridiculous.' I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home? I thought, well I don't really care if they think I'm fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds."

"Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She's so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of woman. I need to be a confident woman and just say politically active things when I can that are helpful to young people," the Telephone singer said.

The statement from Lady Gaga comes after Adele, who welcomed her first child with fiancé Simon Konecki, was the target of cruel tweets over her weight, post-natal depression and even the death of the newborn.

Lady Gaga, who had admitted to suffering from bulimia and anorexia for more than a decade, also shared her beauty mantra with the magazine.

"Sit in front of the mirror with all of the paints and colours and wigs that you have at your disposal, and just have a real talk with yourself. 'What do I not like about me?' And then, peer into the mirror -- and just f-cking draw right over it because that's what makeup is here for. We're not all perfect -- it's meant to be fun so we can bond as women."