Lady Gaga Admits She's Aware Her Outrageous Outfits Draw Attention: 'I'm Not An Idiot'

Vanity FairYou're not imagining things, Crushers, there's yet another magazine cover with a nearly nude Lady Gaga hitting stands this summer. And much like the Rolling Stone and Cosmo issues before, Gaga doesn't just strip away her clothes.

Now, appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair, Gaga gets totally honest about hitting rock bottom a few years ago and who she is today.

Gaga (whose real name, as you probably know by now, is Stefani Germanotta) had once got caught up in drugs and recalls the nightmarish situation. "I was completely mental and had just been through so much," she recalls, adding, "I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don’t want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It’s in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster.”

After one particularly frantic call to her mother ("She screamed so loud on the other end of the phone, I’ll never forget it," Gaga admits), the singer was taken to her grandmother's home in West Virginia to pick up the pieces. Gaga shares the advice her mom gave her on that dark day, "She said, 'I’m gonna let you cry for a few more hours. And then after those few hours are up, you’re gonna stop crying, you’re gonna pick yourself up, you’re gonna go back to New York, and you’re gonna kick some ass.'"

And, that, as well as know now, is exactly what she did. Of course, she's made some controversial choices during her meteoric rise to fame. This summer she showed up at a Yankees and a Mets game in less-than-conventional garb and showed off a choice finger to photogs. Of course, Gaga knew what she was up to, telling VF, "I want to go to things like ballgames, but when I go to the ballgame, they're going to write the story that will sell papers. Look, I'm not an idiot — I recognize that I'm a public figure and I'm going to be recognized if I'm wearing a bikini or a potato sack."

While Gaga admits she's "not interested in dating any ballplayers," she is sick of her perpetually single status. "I don’t really get time to meet anyone.....I’m perpetually lonely. It’s my condition as an artist." Case in point? Her hit song, "Bad Romance", which was based off of real-life dating disasters. She tells the magazine, "I’m drawn to bad romances. And my song is about whether I go after those (sort of relationships) or if they find me.”

Whether or not her love life is up to par, it seems Gaga really only needs one group of people in her life, her fans. Gaga gushes, "My real fans know who I truly am and they know what I represent and what I mean, and my music and my performance is what really speaks."

What do you think of Gaga's Vanity Fair cover story? Are you surprised to hear some of her admissions about her life?