(CNN)Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley says he was drawn to fame because of a birth defect.
During a conversation with Dan Rather on The Big Interview, set to air April 23, Stanley said he pursued fame to compensate for his insecurities.
"I had what's called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear," he told Rather. "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."
Microtia is a birth defect of a baby's ear that happens when the external ear is small and not formed properly, according to the CDC. It usually affects how the ear looks, but not the ability to hear, though Stanley said he was born deaf on his left side.