Lady Gaga says the price of fame can be steep, as it’s both “alienating” and “toxic.” The star credits her success to connecting with other people and insists a “human connection” helps her compose great songs.
She said on SiriusXM’s Feedback show: “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 star says that while her new album carries a lot of emotion, it isn’t meant to be this way from beginning to end.
“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, Lady Gaga recently admitted it’s difficult to compose music when “negative thoughts” invade her head, adding: “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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