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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lady Gaga is choosing the intimacy of dive bars over arenas to showcase songs from her new album, "Joanne." She'll appear at a handful of bars beginning this week as a nod to the album's "raw Americana" vibe and where she got her start, Gaga and tour partner Bud Light announced Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Lady Gaga explained why she took a much-needed break before her latest album 'Joanne'


In a recent essay for Harper's Bazaar, Lady Gaga explained why she took a break from the spotlight before releasing her latest album "Joanne." 

"Before I made 'Joanne,' I took some time off," the singer wrote in the essay. "I was able to get off the train of endless work I'd been on, which was quite abusive to my body and my mind, and have some silence and some space around me."

Gaga added that she really wanted to experience music the way she did when she was younger. 

The 30-year-old singer explained that the time off helped her see what she really wants out of life. 

"Fame is the best drug that's ever existed," Gaga wrote in the essay. "But once you realize who you are and what you care about, that need for more, more, more just goes away. What matters is that I have a great family, I work hard, I take care of those around me, I provide jobs for people I love very much, and I make music that I hope sends a good message into the world." 

In the essay, she also discussed what it means to be a woman in this day and age.

She wrote that being a lady means being a fighter but also letting yourself be vulnerable. 

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