Lady Gaga says went "cold turkey" to break marijuana habit

Fri Nov 8, 2013 10:38am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Lady Gaga was smoking as many as 15 joints a day to help relieve the pain of a hip injury before a friend made her abruptly quit marijuana, the flamboyant pop singer says in an interview in British gay magazine Attitude.

The singer had what she had said was a "huge breakage" in her right hip earlier this year that forced her to cancel about two dozen concerts and undergo surgery.

"I was smoking 15 joints a day. No tobacco. A day," the magazine reported Lady Gaga as saying in the interview, which was released on Friday.

"It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip," she said.

"I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself and then sleeping it off and then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was."

The singer said that her friend, the performance artist Marina Abramovic, had effectively forced her to stop.

"It wasn't until I was with Marina and she said, 'Okay you're coming to my house, No television, no computer, no marijuana, no nothing, no food. For three days, art only. You eat only art," Lady Gaga said.

"I cold-turkeyed. For weeks and weeks I didn't smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just you know, for fun - but not to cope. That's the difference. Marina was the only person who could get me to do that and it was not intended to be rehab."

Lady Gaga released her third studio album, "ARTPOP," this month. Named the top-earning musician under 30 by Forbes, she earned an estimated $80 million in the past year.   Continued...

Lady Gaga arrives for the UK launch of her new fragrance "Fame" outside Harrods in London October 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett