In the new book Lady Gaga: Just Dance: The Biography by Helia Phoenix, the pop sensation reveals that she was saved from a dangerous addiction to cocaine by the spirit of her late paternal aunt, Joanne.
The pop tart, 23, began experimenting with cocaine and LSD after she dropped out of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts when she was 20. The “Love Game” hitmaker — whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — says her life spiraled out of control as she began stripping and snorting “bags and bags” of cocaine for songwriting inspiration.
“I thought I was going to die. I wanted to be the artists I loved, like Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol, and I thought the only way to do it was to live the lifestyle. My cocaine soundtrack was always The Cure. I would lock myself in my room and listen to ‘Never Enough’ on repeat while I did bags and bags of cocaine….”
The soon-to-be star ultimately realized she was jeopardizing her life when she thought of her aunt Joanne, who died while still in her teens.
“But then I realized my father’s sister Joanne, who died at 19, had instilled her spirit in me. She was a painter and a poet – and I had a spiritual vision I had to finish her business.”
Although, the two never met, Gaga insists her late aunt is still a huge influence on her career.
“I never met her, but she’s been one of the most important figures in my life.”