Is Lady Gaga Still Shocking? Singer Talks Drugs, Threesomes and Feuds with Howard Stern

With her new album, ARTPOP, receiving poor reviews, is the pop star's interview a way to make headlines and boost sales?

With her outrageous outfits and candid persona, Lady Gaga has never been one to hold back -- and her latest interview with Howard Stern is no exception.

The "Applause" singer answered questions for over an hour on Stern's Sirius XM radio show, with pretty much nothing off-limits. Sex? Drugs? Celebrity beefs? Yep, she covered them all. You can listen to the full interview below:

It's no secret that Gaga has been the center of a number of celebrity feuds, mainly with Madonna and gossip blogger Perez Hilton. When asked about her issues with the Queen of Pop, Gaga claimed that Madonna is just upset that she isn't upset over the so-called rivalry. Gaga, apparently, doesn't care whether Madonna likes her or not. "There's always this pissing match: 'She's taking her torch, is she the new her, is she going to outlast her or not?'" Gaga said of the comparisons. "There's this thing with some people that I'm a threat to the throne. I don't want your f**king throne, no thanks, I have my own. I actually don't want a throne at all, because I don't view myself as a queen, I view myself as one of my fans."

 

 

As for her feud with Hilton, Gaga says it began during an interview, when he began to speak negatively about her album, Born This Way. "He was supposed to be my friend and I felt betrayed, so I started crying. My friend had to come in and pull the camera out, they wouldn't turn the cameras off," Gaga explained. "He apologized, but I sort of felt like it was like, 'But I'm Perez Hilton so I'm allowed to treat you this way.' I looked at him and said, 'Just because you are who you are, does not mean that our friendship doesn't mean anything when the cameras turn on. So, now I see who you really are.'"

Gaga's relationship with her boyfriend is on much better terms. The openly bisexual singer, who has been dating actor Taylor Kinney since 2012, showed a willingness to want to spice up their sex life... with a threesome! "That sounds like fun!" she responded when Stern brought up the idea of a menage a trois. "Here's the thing. I'm not the type of person that's having sex all the time with lots of random people. I don't do that. I'm in a monogamous relationship, we're having a good time, we've been together awhile." But, she added, "If it were to come up, it comes up."

She's entertaining the idea, she said, because "to be fair, he has stuck it out with me for a very long time through drug habits and all those sorts of things. So he's a really lovely, amazing person."

Gaga went on to further discuss her drug problem -- and her addiction to marijuana in particular -- which became an issue after her hip surgery earlier this year. "I only recently mentioned it because it seems like young people think you can't be addicted to [marijuana]. You can. I couldn't live without it. I'd wake up at 5:00 in the morning, smoke, go back to sleep. Fifteen to 20 joints a day. ... I was feeling out of control with my career, I was feeling exhausted. ... You start to become successful and everybody starts to drive your money train to the bank and they're not thinking anymore about what you want as an artist or if any of that even matters to you. It genuinely upsets people in my life that I don't care about money, and that's not my problem."

Gaga's openness to discuss personal topics comes at an interesting time. Her new album, ARTPOP, received lackluster reviews by critics. According to Time, "That refusal to experiment as wildly as she once did reads as fear, and a pop star who’s afraid ends up sounding like the once-weird Lady Gaga does on ARTPOP: boring and normal."

Gaga's interview with Stern could be interpreted as an effort to encourage people to buy her album despite its poor reception. After all, look how well media attention worked for Miley Cyrus. Her racy VMAs performance generated the most tweets in the show's history, with 306,100 tweets per minute. Her Facebook page likes increased from 30,000 to 50,000 after the performance, and her new album Bangerz debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Perhaps the real problem is we're all suffering from Gaga fatigue. After all, her barely-there outfit and bizarre performance at the VMAs was all but forgotten in the wake of Cyrus' foam finger controversy and Justin Timberlake's reunion with 'N Sync, proving that what drives pop culture fluctuates wildly. The latest thing has to be as outrageous -- or even more so -- than wearing a meat dress.

With other stars like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj also sporting over-the-top outfits, Gaga's once-innovative costumes are becoming less and less shocking. If her antics are starting to become a pop culture norm, will fans continue to follow their Mother Monster, or move onto the next thing? Whether her frank interview stems from her personality or her motive to increase sales, one thing is for sure: She still knows how to grab a headline.

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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