Lady Gaga: I'm Addicted to Pot

Says she used it to get through stresses of fame, injury
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Honoree Lady Gaga attends the 23rd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards hosted by Glamour Magazine at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Lady Gaga is (or was) addicted to marijuana, she revealed in a radio interview recently, People reports. "It's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication," Gaga told Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show. "I was smoking up to 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco." She says she used the pot to deal with her recent hip injury, as well as other stresses related to her fame. "The truth is that I can break, and I did. I was not very good at breaking," she said. "I lost everything that I love. I was in a wheelchair for six months. I did a lot of drugs and took a lot of pills."

"The truth is that it is very hard to be famous," she continued. "It's wonderful to be famous because I have amazing fans. But it is very, very hard to go out into the world when you are not feeling happy and act like you are." She added that she's struggled with addiction, to various substances, from a young age, but she's now fighting it and wants to make new music without being under the influence of anything. (If you're skeptical of her addiction claim, the Huffington Post points out that it is possible to become dependent on the drug, though few people do.) Gaga also recently told Attitude magazine she's seeing a shrink to help her deal, the New York Daily News reports.

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