Lady Gaga has not one but two Matt Irwin-lensed covers for the Elle UK January 2012 issue, and the eccentric pop star shared her frank perspectives on relationships and her legacy in the accompanying interview.
Gaga wasn’t always the confident, assertive woman she is today, but she’s speaking out and about her mistakes to hopefully help her fans avoid similar experiences:
“I had abusive relationships,” she admitted. “I dated men much older than me — I was 15, they were 30 — which I don’t recommend. I was never brave enough to be the person who I am today.”
Lady Gaga also indicated how she’d like to be remembered once she’s done making music. “Many people really don’t like what I do — or how I sing or what music I make — but some of those people admire the commitment to the work,” she said. “That to me is more important than anything.”
See more images from Lady Gaga’s session with Matt Irwin for Elle UK January 2012 below.