If anyone knows about the monsters of being famous, it's Lady Gaga.
In an emotional and honest interview on CBS Sunday Morning on November 27, the 30-year-old singer opened up about her struggle with her public persona.
Gaga spoke to CBS anchor Lee Cowan about her early days of performing, her first two albums — The Fame and The Fame Monster — and the persona that went with it.
I used to come home, and my mom would watch me having a real hard time washing it off. I'd keep the wigs on, I'd keep the makeup on, I'd keep the outfit on. I never wanted to let my fans down. I always wanted them to see me in my art form.
But even now, with her slightly less extravagant persona on her newest album Joanne, Gaga finds the only time she has to be herself is in her own home.
Once I cross that property line, I'm not free anymore. Once I go into the world, I belong, in a way, to everyone else. It's legal to follow me. It's legal to stalk me at the beach. I took a hard look at that property line and I said, 'Well, if I can't be free out there, I'm going to be free in here.'
That doesn't sound like an easy life for anyone, and clearly it's starting to get Gaga down.
She teared up as Cowan surmised that Joanne is Gaga's chance to be herself rather than living up to outside expectations.
Through tears, Gaga said,
I miss people. I miss going anywhere and meeting a random person, saying 'Hi,' and having a conversation about life. I love people.
Look, if Lady Gaga is crying, then I'm crying too, OK? LEAVE LADY GAGA ALONE! LET HER BE A PERSON!
This interview sheds some new light on Gaga's support of rapper Kanye West, who recently cancelled his tour and was hospitalized for exhaustion.
Last Wednesday, November 23, Gaga tweeted,
Kanye West, I support and love you, brother. I see in you bravery and courage to stop this tour and take care of YOU. You are a GREAT artist.
Both Kanye and Gaga know fame can be a m-m-monster.