Lady Gaga Credits Elton John With Curbing Her Pot Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 11/25/14

Though she still partakes every now and then, Lady Gaga thanks the Rocket Man for being the "soberest" she has been in years.

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Lady Gaga has been open about dealing with a pot addiction that took over her life for two years, but recently admitted that Elton John helped her kick the habit, for the most part.

The singer, who is the godmother to John’s son Elijah, told radio station Z100 that John flatly told her that she was smoking too much pot. At her worst, she was smoking up to 20 joints per day. Gaga has long been a weed aficionado and even infamously smoked a joint on stage during a performance in Amsterdam, but her use increased as she smoked more to manage a hip injury during her Born This Way Ball tour.

"He got me on the straight and narrow. He was telling me: 'Gaga, you're smoking too much.' He saved me," she said. "I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back, I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain...I didn't know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why."

Gaga underwent hip surgery in February 2013, but still smoked regularly afterwards. She blamed the pressure from both the media and herself to produce quality music with contributing to her addiction.

"I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. That's an error in my life that happened for over 10 years,” she said. “I think there is an assumption that I cannot break."

She ultimately kicked her habit in the summer of 2013 through a bizarre retreat in upstate New York with performance artist Marina Abramovic. In addition to nude yoga sessions, she was sent into the woods blindfolded to help find her “way home.”

However, the unusual trip seems to have done some good. Although she acknowledged having an occasional joint, Gaga said she is now the “soberest” she’s been in years. “Can I be brilliant without it?” she asked. “I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.