Lady GaGa has opened up about the pressures she endured when her career suddenly took off, saying she felt “traumatised” by fame. The singer has just returned with new single ‘Perfect Illusion’ and admits that while she hasn't calmed down much, at 30 she’s now taking better care of herself.

Lady GagaLady Gaga says her sudden success left her “traumatised”

Speaking to The Mirror, Gaga admitted that she suffered a period of depression that left her feeling “exhausted - like I was dying”, after releasing her last album in 2013. “I needed a moment to stabilise,” she said.

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"When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all. It’s like I’m traumatised. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.” But despite recently calling off her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney, Gaga says she feels “good”.

“I take medication. I’m not saying I feel good because of the medication - I wouldn’t encourage young people to take anti-depressants or mood stabilisers,” she said. “I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.”

Now at 30 Gaga says she’s better at looking after herself, even if she hasn't calmed down that much. “I definitely look after my well-being,” the singer said. “I wanted to leave my 20s, immediately. I was like: ‘Thanks, I get it. You’re young, you’re crazy, you’re wild. Goodbye.’"

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"I find in my 30s, I haven’t actually calmed down. I calm down for periods of time and then I’m actually worse - I’m more wild for a short period of time,” she added. “It’s a little bit of both. But 30 is fantastic because I feel like I have all the wisdom of my 20s.”