Lady Gaga has revealed she is still taking medication after feeling "traumatized" by the meteoric rise of her career. After releasing her last pop album in 2013, she admitted suffering a period of depression that left her feeling “exhausted - like I was dying”.
Now, as she prepares to release her first pop album for three years after releasing her new single, "Perfect Illusion" she says in an exclusive interview: “I needed a moment to stabilize."
Gaga claims, "When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all. It’s like I’m traumatized. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.”
Now, despite an emotionally rocky few months that saw her “take a break” from actor fiance Taylor Kinney after five years together, the singer says she feels “good”.
She adds: “I take medication. I’m not saying I feel good because of the medication - I wouldn’t encourage young people to take anti-depressants or mood stabilizers. I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.”
Back in 2013, she revealed she had to stage an intervention with herself on New Year’s Day, warning herself that she needed to pick herself up to overcome a slump.
“I definitely look after my well-being,” she continues, adding of the rise to fame: “It’s the single greatest blessing of my artistic career, it’s wonderful.”
In the time since her last pop release, Gaga has released a jazz collaboration with Tony Bennett and ventured into acting, starring in American Horror Story and the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born.
She also turned 30 in March this year - a milestone that she believes has made her calm down - for brief periods of time.
“I wanted to leave my 20s, immediately,” she says. "I was like: ‘Thanks, I get it. You’re young, you’re crazy, you’re wild. Goodbye.’"
Gaga continued, “I find in my 30s, I haven’t actually calmed down. I calm down for periods of time and then I’m actually worse - I’m more wild for a short period of time. It’s a little bit of both. But 30 is fantastic because I feel like I have all the wisdom of my 20s.”