Lady Gaga Opens Up About The Road To Fame In Elle: “Do You Know How Much Dirt I Ate?”
The always flamboyant Lady Gaga cleaned up for a recent cover shoot for Elle‘s October 2013 issue.
Shot in an ultra private estate in Long Island, the 27-year-old singer wore simple makeup while modeling a wool dress with satin collar and silk faille sleeves and a pink raccoon-fur headpiece from Schiaparelli with a pony-hair necklace from Bjørg on the cover shot by photographer Ruth Hogben. Inside the magazine, Gaga opened up about the pressures of fame and the person she really is behind closed doors.
“What are you talking about, pressure? I’m great under pressure. I’m a warrior. I’m Rocky, round 12,” she scoffed while admitting that she keeps her public and private self at odds. “I am—Stefani is—a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”
The singer, who recently endured a very public war of words with BFF and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, also addressed her critics. “Everyone is so cynical—that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking me if I really, truly struggled,” she revealed. “Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?”
During her forced hiatus, the singer used her time to refocus, not on the haters, but on her career and her new album, Artpop. “I went to look back to myself being 19, with all my Warhol books and all my Yoko Ono and John Lennon CDs, my Rolling Stones CDs and my Bowie…and I said, what would she want me to do right now?” she said. “Well she’d want you to call Jeff Koons and Robert Wilson and Marina Abramović and Inez and Vinoodh…And that’s what I did!”
The October 2013 issue of Elle magazine goes on sale on September 24.