When Lady Gaga visited AMP Radio last August, she sang the praises of New York performance artist Marina Abramović.

Mother Monster underwent an intensive aura cleansing process with Abramović and revealed to Carson that the experience “sobered [her] up a lot.”

“She saved my life,” Gaga said. “I felt polluted for a while by fame. My time spent with her she spent cleaning my spirit and my house. I feel less high all the time. High, literally.”

Now just days after ARTPOP’s release, Gaga is offering up even more details about her struggles with drug addiction.

“I have to be high to be creative. I need that. That’s an error in my life that happened for over ten years,” she said in a recent interview. “I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live, and I don’t want them to torture themselves in the way I have. You know, I want to show people I will last past 27 and I will last longer and so will you and I want to change this code in the atmosphere that in order to be remembered, I must die young. In order to be remembered as a legend, I must be dead first.”

She is, of course, referring to the infamous curse in which musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin all died at age 27.

“I don’t know if it’s a ‘code in the atmosphere,’ as she refers to it, but it is good to hear she’s aware of it and that she doesn’t want to fall victim to it,” Carson said.

Although Lady Gaga admits to being addicted to several different kinds of drugs over the years, she most recently cut down on her use of marijuana.

“I just want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it,” she explained. “There’s this sentiment that you can’t, and that’s actually not true because I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication. And I was smoking up to 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day.”

These latest statements have drummed up a lot of controversy for the ARTPOP performer, but Carson was impressed to hear a pop star coming clean on such a polarizing issue.

“This is why we love her in radio when she’s here because she’s just so honest and it’s refreshing after everybody comes in and usually puts on their game face and just says what the public wants to hear. Like it or not, Gaga’s telling you the truth.”

Listen to more of Carson’s thoughts below:

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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