Lady Gaga Reveals Why She Almost Quit Making Music

She says she was tired of being a 'moneymaking machine.'

Lady Gaga is opening up about why fame is a monster — and, in the process, she’s teaching fans an important lesson about doing things that make you feel fulfilled.

During a recent talk at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Gaga explained that she considered quitting music ago “a couple years ago” because she felt her creativity was being compromised. Nowadays, being a pop star is so much more than just making music — it’s about selling it, maintaining an online presence, being the face of brands and, as Gaga put it, being a “moneymaking machine.”

“I don’t like being used to make people money,” she said. “I feel sad when I am overworked and that I just become a moneymaking machine and that my passion and my creativity takes a backseat — that makes me unhappy.”

Selling fragrances and taking constant, “shallow” selfies were also beginning to damage her integrity, Gaga said, so she decided to do something about it: she found the strength and courage to speak up about what she wants — and, more importantly, what she doesn’t want.

“So what did I do? I started to say no,” she explained. “I’m not doing that. I don’t want to do that. I’m not taking that picture. I’m not going to that event. I’m not standing by that because that’s not what I stand for, and slowly but surely I remembered who I am.”

Taking control of her life, her image and her work allowed the “AHS: Hotel” star to sleep better at night, knowing she was the kind of artist who could be proud of herself.

“And then you go home and you look in the mirror and you’re like, ‘Yes. I can go to bed with you…every night,’” she said. “’Cause that person? I know that person. That person has balls. That person has integrity. That person has an opinion. That person just doesn’t say yes.”

That’s an empowering lesson we can all stand to learn.