Pop star Lady Gaga has admitted she lies "profusely" about herself in interviews in a bid to protect her personal relationships.
The Poker Face hitmaker rarely divulges information about her personal life, insisting she is completely focused on her career - but admitted she has told fibs to retain a sense of privacy, reported Contactmusic.
"The discrepancy between private and public life: I believe as an artist, being private in public is at the core of the aesthetic, the message. However, I profusely lie about my personal relationships in an effort to protect that aesthetic and that message. Today people are distracted by unimportant things - like what my diet is," said Gaga.
"I do sometimes feel that I'm on a stage all the time, and I do feel that life is a stage for my art - when I'm dancing, singing, making breakfast," she added.
But the 24-year-old singer also breaks down in tears when she steps out of the spotlight, adding, "There is a moment of freedom, when the stage disappears: when I cry. On stage, off stage, alone or with someone. There's something very honest about that. It has nothing to do with taking off a wig or smearing my lipstick... It's much deeper than that."