Lady Gaga: ‘I wear outrageous outfits to drown out the voices in my head’. Will anyone dare give her the stigmatising label of ‘schizophrenic’?
Lady Gaga says she heard voices in her head as a youngster and turned to outrageous costumes to deal with her “insanity”.
The 27-year-old singer has spoken in the past of how she turned to cocaine in her late teens as she battled depression, but exposed the true extent of her mental struggle in a frank interview.
Asked about her extraordinary ensembles, she said: “It’s how I deal with my insanity. From when I was young I had voices in my head, and for the longest time I was drinking and doing a lot of drugs, and it was the clothing and the artistry that saved me. I get sheer joy out of creativity, it’s like a psychedelic experience for me.”
Gaga was born Stefani Germanotta to wealthy religious parents and raised in Manhattan where she attended a Catholic all-girls school.
Speaking about her mother’s reaction to her nose piercing, she added: “Isn’t that ridiculous, of all the things I did? I was like, ‘Mom, really? I’m naked in every magazine’.”
Gaga is godmother to Sir Elton John’s two sons Zachary and Elijah and “spoils the hell out of them”. Speaking on this Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, she said: “I bring them presents all the time. They are the most beautiful kids and I’ve never seen such a loving family. They are absolutely the symbol of the future modern family.”