Lady Gaga, looking quite conservative (for Gaga, that is) in a houndstooth-only ensemble, co-hosted "The View" today with Whoopi, Joy, Barbara and Elizabeth, and the women started the morning segment with some hard-hitting questions about the price of fame and her past drug-use.
Whoopi was quick to ask "The Edge of Glory" singer about her thoughts on Amy Winehouse's death, to which Gaga replied, "I don't feel like Amy needed to learn any lessons. I feel like the lesson was for the world to be kinder to the superstar."
But the ladies of 'The View' didn't waste any time before grilling Gaga about her own hard drug use. Last month, Gaga opened up to Howard Stern about her past hard drug-use, calling cocaine the devil. Gaga didn't hold back on 'The View' either, telling the day-time talk-show queens: "I was so embarrassed. my dad called me out about it one day. My dad was like, 'I know what you're doing. I did it, and I lost every friend and everything I ever had when I did it.' He shared with me his struggle, and that was what ultimately saved my life."
Gaga also opened up about another famous performer who recently passed away--famed saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who Gaga collaborated with on her hit single "The Edge of Glory."
The E Street Band saxophonist died in June from complications due to a stroke, but not before filming with Lady Gaga for her "The Edge of Glory" music video, which featured Clemons on saxophone. The music video is an intimate moment between Clemons and the "Born This Way" superstar. Featuring just the two of them, Clemons is seen in the video sitting on a stoop next to Gaga as he blows the instrument he became synonymous with.
"He really was like a father-figure," said Gaga. "We had six wonder months of really close friendship, Clarence and I. He really changes your life so quickly, and you don't know why and you can't explain it, but he really does have this godly spirit around him. It was so important to me that he and I were the only two people in that video."
Gaga then performed her next single, "You & I", off her multi-platinum "Born This Way" album and wrapped things up by singing a few a capella lines of "The Edge of Glory" for the "The View" ladies.