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Lady Gaga Wants To Live A Life Of Solitude, But How On Earth Is She Going To Do That?

Lady Gaga may not be at the peak of her career anymore, but she’s still really freaking famous. It’s not like she can just walk through a mall without getting spotted.

And this is a problem for the 13-time Grammy winner. During a recent conversation with Wallpaper magazine, Gaga admitted she needs to have time alone.

I’m actually really interested in living more of a life of solitude. It’s really nice to just have time to be alone, and be expansive, and know that you’re enough. I wish I could tell my younger self that. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time alone writing music. But the more successful I became, the more I felt like I needed other people to tell me I was great.

That’s the struggle of an artist. You need a certain amount of time alone to create whatever it is you create, but then you also crave validation from others.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaga remembered back to when she was 14 and reading a book called ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ by Rainer Maria Rilke. She got a quote from the book tattooed on her arm.

I got it in Osaka, when I was 23. ‘In the deepest hour of the night, ask yourself if you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Look deep into your heart where the answer spreads its roots and ask yourself, Muss ich schreiben? [Must I write?]’

And for Gaga, the answer is an easy yes.

If I wasn’t successful in the way that I am today — I’m very grateful for my success — I’d still be doing it, I’d be on the Lower East Side. I would do it no matter what. Absolutely, 100%. I know that because I actually don’t spend a lot of time in Hollywood. I might look like I do because sometimes award season happens and you see me on red carpets. But I’m very much at home working. That’s the thing that really makes me happy.

A sign of a true artist? We think so.