Gaga talks about her critics, who often question the authenticity of her past struggles (which include an eating disorder), and says she simply wants to share herself with her fans.
“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. 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?”
The singer was forced to take a hiatus from her career, even canceling a portion of her last tour, due to a hip injury. Gaga says she used this time to refocus her art.
“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? 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!”
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