Lady Gaga has hinted as maybe suffering from autoimmune disease lupus. During a candid interview with UK paper ‘The Times’, Lady Gaga has admitted to enjoying the occasional cigarette and taking ecstasy, and even admitted to taking medication to help her cope with fame and depressive thoughts.
“I can’t control my thoughts at all. I’m tortured. But I like that,” she said about consuming meds. “Lorca says it’s good to be tortured. The thoughts are unstoppable – but so is the music. It comes to me constantly.
One admission, however, is perhaps quite more serious than the others, because it involves a medical condition that, back when medicine wasn’t as advanced as it is today, used to be fatal. When asked whether she had any re-occurring illnesses, she answered: “I have heart palpitations and… things.
“[…] but it’s OK. It’s just from fatigue and other things. I’m very connected to my aunt, Joanne, who died of lupus. It’s a very personal thing. I don’t want my fans to be worried about me.”
Lupus is an autoimmune illness, which sees the body not only attacking outside bacteria, but also healthy tissue within the body. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect different body systems, MayoClinic writes, including kidneys, joints, blood cells, skin, lungs and the heart.
Her allusive admission to having lupus explains a lot: it explains the cancelled tour dates, it explains emergency services assisting her before performances, and it explains her near-collapse on stage in Auckland, New Zealand. While the media has assumed Lady Gaga was suffering from stress and fame, there may be a serious medical problem to blame.
When asked whether she’s been tested for lupus, which is a genetic disease, she said: “Yes… But I don’t want anyone to be worried.”
During the interview she explains the last time she required emergency services was just a few days prior, in Tokyo.
“I was having trouble breathing,” she said. “I had a little oxygen, then I went on stage. I was OK. But like I say, I don’t want anyone to worry.”
The 24-year-old singer, whose real name is Stephanie Germanotta, doesn’t plan on slowing down, though.
“People say I should take a break, but I’m like, ‘Why should I take a break? What do you want me to do – go on vacation?’ ”she asks during the interview. That night, on stage, she said to her audience: “I’d rather not die on a vacation, under a palm tree. I’d rather die on stage, with all my props, in front of my fans.”
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