After months of skeptics calling for Lady Gaga to brave an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, this morning she did just that.
The 90-minute conversation was by far the most detailed interview she’s ever granted, sharing her thoughts on money, fame, the L.A. lifestyle, and her history of drug use. Of course, Stern was in his usual irreverent form, asking trademark questions about Gaga’s sexual history (which we can’t print here, though you can listen to the entire interview below).
But much of it revealed less prurient details, like the fact that the chorus for “Born This Way” came to her in the shower, and that she often vocalizes melodies that come to her into her BlackBerry; she even proceeded to play some raw, early cell-phone versions incarnations of “Judas” and “Highway Unicorn (Road to Love).”
Stern didn’t hide the fact that he was chagrined it took so long for her to make an appearance on his show—“I felt I was more important than The Gayle King Show”—and that he’d received some threatening Little Monster-penned missives warning him to go easy on Her Ladyship. But by the end he seemed easily won over to the Cult of Gaga and declared her soaring acoustic rendition of “The Edge of Glory” to be “one of the best performances we’ve ever had on the show.”
Listen to the interview after the break and read some highlights we’ve transcribed below:
On her current digs:
“I don’t care about money. My apartment in Brooklyn is smaller than this studio.”
On her choice not to move to LA like many of her pop star peers:
“I don’t like L.A. It’s just not fun. I don’t know why, but I just don’t get it. You have to drive to get everywhere, and when it rains everybody freaks out. My song “Marry the Night” was about that moment when I saw other people who were big stars and had mansions. I rented a place in L.A. for a bit in Bel-Air with a pool and a view of the mountains and I was like, okay here I go, this is what I’m supposed to do. But I was like, no thanks, it’s been nice in the sun, but I’m going back to New York and marrying the night.”
On her previous struggles with cocaine:
“I think that I was lonely and there was something about the drug that made me feel I had a friend. I did it all alone in my apartment, while I wrote music. And I regret every line I ever did. So to any of the little sweethearts who are listening, don’t touch it. It’s the devil.”
On her occasional use of marijuana:
“I really don’t do it very often. I’m honest about it because I don’t respect artists who lie about what they do recreationally.”
On whether she was upset that other artists like Britney Spears were recording her songs before she made it big herself:
“Hell, no! Fricking Britney Spears sang my record. Are you kidding? I was doing backflips and ordering drinks when I heard she was going to be recording my song.”
On on-again, off-again boyfriend Luc Carl:
“He’s been my closest friend since I was 19. He’s my best friend.”
On her attitude during her short-lived tenure at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts:
“I was kind of an asshole in school, I was the girl in class who, when the middle-aged, white male professor was giving a list of books to read and I would raise my hand and be, why aren’t there any African-American writers, why isn’t there anything here by anyone who’s gay. I was that annoying pain-in-the-ass girl who was trying to answer every question and make the teacher look bad. It made me upset when I felt like there was a biased approach to the way I was educated.”
Her pick for the best song she’s ever written?
“ ‘Yoü and I.’”
On whether she lip syncs:
“You think I’m going to ask these sweet 14 year olds to ask their parents to buy a $100 ticket then run around in latex and lip sync? No way.”
What say you, Musix Mixers? Did you catch Gaga on Howard Stern this morning? I continue to be amazed at how guileless she comes across in interviews like this, despite her highly-manufactured persona.
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