Nov 11, 2013 9:39AM

Marina Abramovic Saved Lady Gaga From Weed

Via extreme cold turkey.

Lady Gaga loves to smoke weed erryday. That's just common knowledge. But as she recently told Attitude in an interview, it took performance artist and outback explorer Marina Abramovic to help Gaga kick the habit, or at least, cut down from the 15 joints a day she was a'puffin. As the ARTPOP singer and Abramovic worshipper explained, it started when she was trying to numb the physical pain of undergoing hip surgery earlier this year. Marijuana is known to be a fantastic medicine, so no judgement. "I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself and then sleeping it off and then getting onstage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was." It was only when her friend and collaborator-of-sorts Abramovic intervened, that Gaga was saved from a lifetime of smoking Rihanna-amounts of the green. 

As she put it, "She [Marina] said, 'OK, you're coming to my house. No television, no computer, no marijuana, no nothing, no food. For three days, art only. You eat only art,'"* Gaga said. "I cold-turkeyed. For weeks and weeks, I didn't smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just, you know, for fun – but not to cope. That's the difference. Marina was the only person who could get me to do that, and it was not intended to be rehab." Sounds intense. Glad you cut down, girl! Moderation and all that.

* Note: Art is not actually edible. Do not try without strict Abramovic supervision.

Read our interview with Marina Abramovic for Oyster #103.