The pop star Lady Gaga has a biography due out at the end of this month. Inside pages are details that attribute an eating disorder to her tiny frame and frequent hospitalizations.
ABC News reports that Lady Gaga, known for her outrageous costumes, hit singles and gay advocacy, suffers from an eating disorder that will be revealed in her upcoming biography, “Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga.” David, her former tour manager, claims that the singer would scarf down tons of unhealthy food and then not eat for weeks to fit into her crazy, elaborate costumes. She had lost 20lbs and was hospitalized six times. Health issues and jet lag were to blame, although dangerous dieting and drugs may be the darker culprit.
Popeater.com quotes Wendy Starland, who helped discover Gaga, as saying, ”The pressure on her to lose weight was very high.” Who can blame the star?
Gaga’s health became a prominent concern after concert cancellations and an on-stage collapse in New Zealand. The singer, however, told Vanity Fair’s September issue that she’s actually been tested for lupus. “I had heart palpitations and some trouble breathing,” she says, suggesting the family-related disease as the connection to her health issues. She also admitted to having previously taken Xanax to deal with her anxiety, but the Xanax has been in her past for awhile, much like her other more serious drug use.
Years before the fame and the monsters, Gaga lived on the Lower East Side where she experienced her lowest moments. Yes, she did drugs. “Mostly cocaine,” she told the magazine.
“I was so high I couldn’t see the roaches beneath my feet. I used to do lines on a Bible in my room…[One day] I was lying in my bed on my stomach – this is so sick – but I was eating a salad, and I got a phone call: Can you be at this restaurant in 30 minutes? So-and-so big record executive wants to meet you. And the salad was like a really unhealthy salad; it was like fried chicken or something. So I said, ‘I’ll be right there.’ I got up, went to the bathroom, threw up the salad, did a line of coke, went to the meeting. I was completely mental and had just been through so much.”
More high and low experiences and shocking personal thoughts of Lady Gaga’s can be read in Maureen Callahan’s “Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga,” hitting shelves on Sept. 14.