Lady Gaga recently confessed that she intentionally kept herself out of the spotlight after suffering a hip injury because she wanted to "preserve" her image.
In February, Gaga revealed that she was unable to walk following a "show injury," which she initially said was synovitis, a severe inflammation of the joints. She said she wasn't sure how the injury happened, and that she had been hiding it praying that it would heal. She was forced to cancel the rest of the Born This Way Ball, and on February 20, announced that she was undergoing hip surgery.
The 27-year-old "Applause" singer said that, despite her seemingly pervasive presence in the spotlight, she actually became a bit of a recluse so that fans wouldn't see her differently.
"I hid in my house. I hid a lot... to preserve my image as a superstar to my fans. I don't mean I am a superstar, I mean that they only ever see me at my best," she told The Guardian before opening night of the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse in north London.
"And it really drove me crazy. So I've really had to make more of an effort to go out more. I mean, can you imagine what it's like not to feel real wind? Honestly, I hadn't felt real wind for years," she said.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, said she would be inside all day before getting into a car at a garage, going to rehearsal, and doing it all again without ever walking outside.
"I remember some of the longest walks I had were from the car to the airplane on the tarmac," she said.
With "Applause" failing to reach the top three in the US and UK, Lady Gaga said she feels as if people are surprised they haven't "destroyed" her yet.
"It gives them a sense of pleasure when they believe that they've destroyed me or taken me down. It's almost entertainment for people to poke fun at Lady Gaga, but at the very same time they have no idea the album I've made," she said. "They have no idea what I put into this, they have no idea the work that I've put behind my performances and what I do. In fact, people have no idea what it really took for me to get here. So it doesn't bother me, it's just an interesting observation of where we are as a society."
"It's literally not even been two weeks since my first single came out and it's all, 'She's over', or because I'm not No 1 yet, 'She's finished'. People focus less on the music and focus more on how the music's doing; how it's faring from a numbers perspective, from a financial perspective. If you think I give a damn about money then you don't know me as an artist at all. I think that once you've had a few No. 1s in your career that you've kind of proven yourself and I don't feel the need to prove anything anymore."[Photo credit: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com]