Lady Gaga Billboard Woman Of The Year Interview: I Nearly Quit Music Business
Lady Gaga nearly quit the music business last year, but the 2015 Billboard Woman of the Year is now revealing how she was able to overcome some of her darkest moments and take her career to a new level. See video below.
As Gossip Cop reported, it was announced in September that Gaga was chosen as the 2015 Billboard Woman of the Year, but her cover story for the magazine was just released on Thursday. In the candid feature, Gaga cites burnout as the reason she nearly left the industry. She admits to feeling pressure from intense media scrutiny and the disappointing sales of 2013’s ARTPOP.
“At the end of 2014, my stylist asked, ‘Do you even want to be a pop star anymore?’ I looked at him and I go, ‘You know, if I could just stop this train right now, today, I would. I just can’t. [But] I need to get off now because I’m going to die,’” she recalls. “When you’re going so fast you don’t feel safe anymore, you feel like you’re being slapped around and you can’t think straight. But then I felt hands lifting me. It was like everybody came together to try and put a star back in the sky and they weren’t going to let me down.”
Adopting a different approach to her career, Gaga redefined herself in 2015 as an artist and activist. She earned rave reviews for her Sound of Music medley at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, then received equal critical acclaim this October for her role as The Countess on “American Horror Story: Hotel.” She even found time to team up with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to work on creating legislation to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses.
Gaga has also enjoyed new highs in her personal life. She announced in February via Instagram that she was engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. “It speaks volumes to me that I’m being recognized as Woman of the Year in 2015. This is the year I did what I wanted instead of trying to keep up with what I thought everyone else wanted from me,” she says.
The performer adds, “I’m more sexual and powerful and intelligent and on my sh*t than I’ve ever been. I’ve come a long way through a lot of heartache and pain, but none of it made me damaged goods. It made me a fighter.”
Check out Gaga discussing her Woman of the Year honor in the video below. TELL US: What do you think of the singer’s comments about quitting the music industry?