Lady Gaga Talks Fame: It’s the ‘Best Drug That’s Ever Existed’

Lady Gaga covers the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar where she talks fame, her new album, and why it’s time for women to “take off the corsets.”

Inside, the “Perfect Illusion” singer shares her thoughts on the hardships of being a women in en essay she penned for the magazine. “Being a lady today means being a fighter,” she writes. “It means being a survivor. You know, I never thought I’d say this, but isn’t it time to take off the corsets? As someone who loves them, I think it’s time to take them off.”

Gaga also opened up about fame, noting that her priorities have shifted.

“Fame is the best drug that’s ever existed,” she shares. “But once you realize who you are and what you care about, that need for more, more, more just goes away. What matters is that I have a great family, I work hard, I take care of those around me, I provide jobs for people I love very much, and I make music that I hope sends a good message into the world.”

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“I turned 30 this year, and I’m a fully formed woman. I have a clear perspective on what I want. That, for me, is success. I want to be somebody who is fighting for what’s true-not for more attention, more fame, more accolades,” she adds.

Gaga also revealed that taking a break while making Joanne helped her reflect on her career.

“Before I made Joanne, I took some time off,” she writes. “I was able to get off the train of endless work I’d been on, which was quite abusive to my body and my mind, and have some silence and some space around me. I wanted to experience music again the way I did when I was younger, when I just had to make it, instead of worrying what everybody things or being obsessed with things that aren’t important.”

Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands November 22.