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Lady Gaga Admits to Smoking "15 Joints a Day"; Hoped One Day She Would "Piss Off" Madonna

Image courtesy of Courtesy: Attitude Mag (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy: Attitude Mag (via ABC News Radio)

Lady Gaga reportedly plans to be the first pop superstar to sing in outer space.  It should be easy for her, considering all the experience she's had with getting high.

In an interview with the British magazine Attitude , Gaga admits that when she injured her hip earlier this year, she smoked a lot of pot to deal with the pain.  And by a lot, we mean a lot. "I was smoking 15 joints a day. No tobacco. A day," Gaga confesses.  "It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip. I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself and then sleeping it off and then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was."

She said she struggled with her addiction, adding, "I would break the habit and it would sneak back in and I would break it and sneak back." What saved her, she said, was performance artist Marina Abramovic .  "I’m the soberest I’ve ever been in the past five years right now and it’s all down to her," Gaga tells the magazine.

Gaga said that she went to Abramovic's house, where for three days, she was deprived of television, computers, food and marijuana.  She says the artist told her, "For three days, art only. You eat only art.”  As a result, Gaga says, "I cold-turkeyed. For weeks and weeks I didn’t smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just you know, for fun -- but not to cope. That’s the difference. Marina was the only person who could get me to do that and it was not intended to be rehab."

Gaga also speaks to Attitude about her so-called "feud" with Madonna .  As you may recall, Madonna compared Gaga's "Born This Way" unfavorably to her own hit, "Express Yourself," calling it "reductive," and then underscored the similarities between the two by performing a mashup of them onstage every night during her MDNA tour. 

"I have to be really honest, I was completely kind of floored that Madonna was singing my song on her stage every night!" Gaga tells the magazine.  "The fact that I was on her mind at all. I mean...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," Gaga continues. "I truthfully believe that was nothing about those records sounding alike...this need for competition was everything that  Born This Way  isn’t about!"

"All it meant to me was that Madonna Ciccone was singing my song on her stage and I’m 27!" Gaga concludes. "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!"

You can download the issue with the full interview at Attitude's website.

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