Lady Gaga has opened up about her past struggles with drugs, claiming she fell into a downward spiral because she couldn’t let go of pain.
Speaking to V magazine, Gaga explained: “I have an ability to experience pain for long periods of time – to endure it, whether it’s mental pain or physical pain. I think it’s because of my discipline as a child.
“I studied piano and then theater and then dance, so I have this ability to endure long periods of pain. But as a result, when I became an adult at 18, I allowed myself to stay in bad situations because I was able to take the pain.”
The 27-year-old pop star claims her creative streak and love of music finally saved her from addiction and helped her be reborn from the “shell” of a person that was left.
Gaga added: “Although I was able to withstand a challenge for that period of time in my youth, the results were destructive. I was left a shell. Does anyone really know what I went through to get here?
“Art was always the thing that drove me forward in these challenging and painful circumstances.”
The fashion-conscious star is seen posing for four different covers for the magazine based on different stages in her life, and she confessed the one which shows her with hair and a Saint Laurent red sequined jacket was the most difficult to shoot, as it reminded her of the painful time in her life.
She said: “That look was very hard for me because that is how I looked when I was 19 until I was 21 years old… Maybe longer.”