Oh Lady Gaga… you never cease to amaze us.
Her most recent feat? During an interview where she jokingly answered questions about her favorite animals and her guilty pleasures—unicorns and Russian hookers/cheap gin, respectively—she managed to open up about her struggles with fame and her former eating disorder in a way that left us completely floored by her honesty and depth.
“I am better with food,” she told Harper’s Bazaar, when asked what she’s better at now than when she was younger. “I don’t have an eating disorder anymore. I’m also better at not letting people take advantage of me.”
She continued by explaining that five years ago, she allowed people to stick around even if she suspected that they were using her for some alternative motive. She relied on her optimism to see the good in people—and refused to accept the reality that they were exploiting her.
“I speak up now,” Mother monster explained. “I realized that it’s my own fault that people take advantage. I should be around people who cherish my talents, my health, my time. I’m not a pawn for anyone’s future business. I’m an artist. I deserve better than to be loyal to people who only believe in me because I make money.”
Still, even as recently as last year, Gaga was coming to terms with people manipulating her—even people she trusted.
“I went through a rough time last year,” she told the fashion mag. “I felt very taken advantage of by people I trusted… [My mother] helped me understand my own feelings. When someone has pulled the wools over my eyes, I feel that they have pulled the wool over the eyes of millions of fans around the world. She helped me to forgive. You can’t force people to have the same world consciousness and awareness as you do.”
Note to everyone: Do NOT come between Gaga and her Little Monsters!
I put so much love into my music, into my shows, I make it all for you. I'll never understand the overflow of hate sent my way.— Goddess of Love (@ladygaga) November 20, 2013
I put so much love into my music, into my shows, I make it all for you. I'll never understand the overflow of hate sent my way.
One of the biggest battles that the pop songstress had to face was internal.
Gaga opened up about the depression that overcame her in the end of 2013. She said she was “angry and cynical” and felt like she no longer had it in her to defend herself. At the start of the new year, however, she realized that she had to get serious—for not only her fans, but also her music.
“Depression doesn’t take away your talents—it just makes them harder to find,” Lady Gaga said. “But I always find it. I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatnesss find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”