The Applause singer has given her only UK interview to Attitude Magazine, in the interview she opens up about Madonna, her drug use and the LGBT community.
Asked about smoking marijuana, Gaga said ‘I was smoking 15 joints a day. It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip.’ It was her hip problems that force Gaga to cancel her Born This Way tour last year to have an operation. Gaga adds ‘I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was. Fuck if I know what hurts the most, you know? I would break the habit and it would sneak back in and I would break it and sneak back in.’
Gaga sought help from friend Marina Abramovic who helped the singer with her rehabilitation ‘Marina said, ‘OK, you’re coming to my house â€” no television, no computer, no marijuana, no nothing, no food. For three days, art only. You eat only art.’ She put me in the woods for three hours blindfolded and said, ‘I need you to find your way home. We will be here silent to make sure you don’t fall off any cliffs.’ There were cliffs all around. So I was walking and I started to cry because I hadn’t felt so connected to the earth for so long. Just being me, with the forest and the sound of the birds and the running water, but there was nothing but me and my pure talent to save me. I didn’t fall once. I stumbled but I didn’t fall.’
Gaga also talked about Madonna who covered ‘Born This Way’ on her MDNA tour last year. ‘I have to be really honest, I was completely kind of floored that Madonna was singing my song on her stage every night. I mean, Madonna’s… she’s Madonna. I looked up to her for a long time. I’m not quite sure what her intention was – to do that in the show, but I don’t really care. I think playing into the gossip of the tabloids and, I guess the fodder of the competition, that’s just not what I’m about. She chooses to use her voice the way she chooses to use hers and I choose to use mine the way I use mine.’
In the interview, Gaga also addresses the issue of her sexuality saying ‘I mean, I am bisexual, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I don’t need to — I’m sorry if this is a bit vulgar – but I don’t need to eat pussy in front of the whole world for people to take me seriously. You can believe it or not, it’s just here, I’m honest. I’m not saying it to be controversial; there you have it, here I am, take it or leave it. I know I am not just a lesbian — I have a boyfriend — but all of my friends are in this community.’
Does she consider herself a gay icon? The singer answered ‘But, but, but, but here, where do I say I’m a gay icon? I never said I was a gay icon. When did that happen? Are those lyrics on the album? Absolutely not. I don’t even consider myself… I don’t even know what that word means. That was a label that was invented years ago. I’m a… I’m a gay supporter.’
The December issue of Attitude Magazine is out now
‘All it meant to me was that Madonna Ciccone was singing my song on her stage and I’m 27,’ Gaga continued. ‘And as a punk-rocker from New York, I’ve basically been hoping that I would become so good that one day I would piss off Madonna!’