Lady Gaga: "Cocaine was my only friend"

Did you miss her while she was away? Lady Gaga’s self-imposed media silence lasted about three weeks before the spotlight cravings kicked in and the singer had to get back on US TV to talk about another kind of addiction.

Lady Gaga talked frankly (she knows no other way) about her cocaine habit on The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet. As a troubled 19 year-old who was so lonely that she would leave the TV on all day just for the company, she would reach for artificial support. For most teenagers it might be cider or alcopops. Lady Gaga, already the diva, went for cocaine.

"It was like the drug was my friend," she said. "I never did it with other people. It's such a terrible way to fill that void, because it just adds to that void, because it's not real."

Lady Gaga had a wake-up call, not from watching a harrowing episode of Grange Hill, or picking up a scary leaflet, but from realising that the drug was killing her music career ambitions. "I sort of f***ing woke up one day and was like, 'You're an asshole. You're not an artist,'" she said. "If you were a real f***ing artist, you'd be focused on your music. You wouldn't be spending your money on the white devil."

There are plenty of artists who have managed to combine the two of course, but Lady Gaga chose to channel her energies into frenetic pop and dreaming up ever more outlandish costumes. The results can be seen when the Born This Way Ball world tour reaches the UK in September.

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