Lady Gaga caused a stir when she admitted to Vanity Fair that she occasionally does cocaine, and now she defends her drug use to Q magazine (via Contact Music) on the basis that it helped her creatively.
"[Using drugs] I really figured out the art I wanted to make and was inspired," she said. "Some people find inspiration in dark places. I guess I'm one of them. What always made me different is that if I was doing drugs I was also making music. I wasn't just doing drugs."
Though drugs helped her get her start, now Gaga only does cocaine "a couple of times a year," she told Vanity Fair.
"Once you open those doors they're open for ever," she said in the Q interview. "People who say they need [drugs] to be creative are full of s**t. I'm not some chick on the road getting high and f***ed up every night. I wake up, drink coffee and get on the phone to talk about the creative direction of the next video."
Janice Dickinson has slammed Gaga for glamorizing drugs to her young fans.
"As a recovering addict who knows how dangerous occasional use is, I can think of no reason for Gaga to reveal this to her young audience," she told Life & Style. "She is a f**king idiot. The way she mentioned cocaine, I think she should really get spanked. You can damage and hurt kids. I'm appalled."