Singer opens up in new Neil Strauss book

Lady Gaga has given a rare insight into her pre-fame past in a new book, Everyone Loves You When You Are Dead.

In the book, written by Neil Strauss, Gaga speaks about her past drug abuse and the conditions in which she used to live in when she was younger.

“Sometimes it freaks me out when I think about laying in my apartment [in New York] with bedbugs and roaches on the floor and mirrors with cocaine everywhere, and no will or interest in doing anything but making music and getting high,” she said.

She added: “I’ve had such obstacles with drugs and rejection and people not believing in me. It’s been a very long and continuous road that I love, but it’s hard to just chalk it up to myself.”

Gaga said she experimented with drugs for artistic ends, inspired by David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

“I didn’t have a bad childhood,” she said. “All of the things I went through were on my own quest for an artistic journey to fuck myself up like [Andy] Warhol and Bowie and Mick.”

Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys Into Fame And Madness is published on May 5 in the UK. The extracts were first published by