Lady Gaga returned to the spotlight last month, releasing the first track off of her upcoming "ARTPOP" album and opening MTV's Video Music Awards with a headline-making performance of her new single, "Applause."

In the months prior, however, there was little Gaga to be seen. The 27-year-old singer injured her hip in February, which forced her to cancel multiple tour dates and undergo surgery and physical therapy.

"I hid in my house," Gaga said in a recent interview with The Guardian. "I hid a lot ... to preserve my image as a superstar to my fans. I don't mean I am a superstar, I mean that they only ever see me at my best. And it really drove me crazy."

"I've really had to make more of an effort to go out more," Gaga continued. "I mean, can you imagine what it's like not to feel real wind? Honestly, I hadn't felt real wind for years!"

Born Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga is set to release her third studio album in November. After the release of "Applause," she previewed seven new songs off of "ARTPOP" at this weekend's iTunes Festival in London.

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  • MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 - Show

    BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • New Year's Eve 2012 In Times Square

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg share a dance as they celebrate the beginning of the new year at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on January 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • New Year's Eve 2012 In Times Square

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Lady Gaga performs at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • New Year's Eve 2012 In Times Square

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Lady Gaga performs at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • New Year's Eve 2012 In Times Square

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Lady Gaga performs at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • US pop singer Lady Gaga reacts to Japane

    US pop singer Lady Gaga reacts to Japanese fans upon her arrival at the Narita International Airport, suburdan Tokyo on December 20, 2011. Gaga is now here to perform at a Japanese television's music program. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2011 - Show

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Lady Gaga performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre on December 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for U Music)

  • KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2011 - Show

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Lady Gaga performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre on December 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for U Music)

  • 39th International Emmy Awards - Press Room

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Lady Gaga attends the 39th International Emmy Awards at the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • Gaga's Workshop Ribbon Cutting At Barneys New York With Lady Gaga

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Lady Gaga attends Gaga's Workshop Ribbon Cutting at Barneys New York on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Barneys New York)

  • Gaga's Workshop Ribbon Cutting At Barneys New York With Lady Gaga

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Lady Gaga attends Gaga's Workshop Ribbon Cutting at Barneys New York on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Barneys New York)

  • Children In Need Rocks Manchester - Backstage Portraits

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Lady Gaga poses backstage at Children In Need Rocks Manchester 2011 at The Manchester Evening News Arena on November 17, 2011 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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  • Bambi Award 2011

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 10: Lady Gaga performs during the Bambi Award 2011 show at the Rhein-Main-Hallen on November 10, 2011 in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

  • US pop star Lady Gaga poses with her fou

    US pop star Lady Gaga poses with her four awards for Best Video, Best Song, Best Female and Biggest Fans, at the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US pop star Lady Gaga performs on stage

    US pop star Lady Gaga performs on stage at the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 6, 2011. Lady Gaga won Best Video, Best Song and Best female awards. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)