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Like every other mother, Mother Monster Lady Gaga doesn’t want any of her brood getting mixed up with drugs; the pop star appeared on Z100 today, Nov. 11, and opened up to Elvis Duran about her addiction to marijuana and how she overcame—most importantly, she stressed that she wanted fans to learn from her past.
“I just want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it,” she explained. “I have been addicted to it and its ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco.”
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The 27-year-old “Applause” singer went on to explain that she was constantly trying to numb a pain that not only affected her physically with her hip injury, but also mentally, as she continued to spiral into a depression.
She also revealed that while she appreciates her fame, it forced her—for some time—to live a lie that she no longer wants to perpetuate.
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“It’s wonderful to be famous because I have amazing fans,” she admitted. “But it is very, very to go out into the world when you are not feeling happy and act like you are because I am a human being too and I break and I think there is an assumption, not just by the corporate world or by humanity, that I cannot break because I am an alien woman and I am unstoppable. The truth is that I can break, and I did.”
She continued by saying that after she broke her hip, she “did a lot of drugs and took a lot of pills,” until she realized that was no way to live.
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Eventually, she was able to kick the habit and overcome her marijuana addiction—and she wants fans to know that they can do the same.
“You can fight it,” she said. “I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live.”