Back then, she was known as Stefani Germanotta, a sometime New York University student, who performed in dives on the Lower East Side.
Athough she came from a well-to-do Manhattan family, she slummed it, while trying to break into music, she told Howard Stern on his Sirius Satellite Radio show.
Germanotta gave one of the most wide-ranging interviews of her career and talked for more than 90 minutes about her life, drugs, sex, fame, fashion and the evil white powder that once dominated her life.
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“I did [cocaine] all alone in my apartment, while I wrote music,” said Gaga. “And I regret every line I ever did.
“So to any of the little sweethearts who are listening, don’t touch it. It’s the devil.”
The one thing Gaga refused to talk about was money. As much as Stern prodded, Gaga refused to discuss the financial windfall from her sold-out Monster Ball tour.
I don’t “give a f— about money at all,” she told Stern, before revealing that she still pays $1,100 a month for her apartment.
Gaga also talks about her sex life and current relationship status — she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Her “lover” right now is music.
“It’s hard to find a boyfriend who doesn’t mind a good tuck,” she added, in an obvious reference to early rumors in her career that she is transgendered. For the record, she isn’t.
Check out the audio from the interview.