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Fame is alienating and toxic, says Lady Gaga

The ‘Pokerface’ hitmaker says she ‘needs human connection’ so she can write songs.

A screengrab of Lady Gaga promoting her latest song Ayo from her new album Joanne. Picture: Twitter/@ladygaga.

WASHINGTON - Lady Gaga says she finds fame "alienating [and] toxic" because she "needs human connection" so she can write songs.

The Pokerface hitmaker believes her worldwide success stems her ability to write a song as she "needs human connection" so she can write music.

She said, "Fame is so alienating and it's toxic for the creative process, for me, because I need human connection in order to write music. If I go to a bar or to the grocery store or wherever and I try to talk to somebody and the whole time they're screaming or trying to take a picture, I can't get to know them.

"I can't ask them a question. I can't learn about their life or share something about mine. I don't get asked very often, you know, really super deep things about myself and that is hard and it's scary. Really scary because you just feel like, 'Will I ever, ever again talk to somebody and have them see me as a person?'"



And the 30-year-old singer insists that whilst her new album is emotional, it is not meant to be painful "the whole way through".

Speaking on SiriusXM's Feedback show, she added: "I wouldn't say that it's necessarily thematically painful the whole way through - because it's quite a fun album as well. The pain is in my voice."

Meanwhile, Gaga previously admitted she can find it difficult to write music when she gets caught up in "negative thoughts".

She said, "I get blocked by my own trauma sometimes. The darkness, the loop of negative thoughts on repeat, clamours and interferes with the music I hear in my head. When I'm making music, I can hear all the parts, all the instruments. I can hear what it should be.

"You start to get into a zone - what I would also describe as a mindfulness. You have to be aware that there are unwanted things coming in, but there is clarity in there, too, and you have to find it."

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