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KISS' Paul Stanley Pursued Fame To Compensate For Insecurities

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley says he pursued fame and became a rock star in an effort to overcome insecurities stemming from a physical deformity called microtia.

Stanley spoke candidly about the birth defect in a clip from an interview with Dan Rather from an upcoming episode of the AXS TV series "The Big Interview."

"I had what's called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear, having a crumpled mass of cartilage," Stanley said. "I wasn't very socially adept, and when you have something physical that sets you apart from people, it makes you the target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule."

He added, "And, quite honestly, for me, the idea of becoming famous was a way to push it in people's faces and go, 'You see? You should have been nicer to me.'"

Stanley told Rather he is not cut out for living life as a victim and was "blessed to be a part of an idea to become the band we never saw"

"And that led me on a course that I'm still on today. Where it's taking me, God only knows," Stanley said.

The interview will air on AXS TV on April 23.

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