Lady Gaga smokes marijuana when she is writing new songs
The eccentric pop star doesn`t see the point in "sugar coating" her lifestyle or behaviour and pretend she doesn`t use drugs because then she wouldn`t be true to herself.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper for `60 Minutes`, she said: "I still smoke a lot of pot when I write music. So I`m not gonna, like, sugar coat it for `60 Minutes` that I`m some, like, sober human being, `cause I`m not."
Despite admitting her own cannabis use, the 24-year-old singer - who took home three prizes at the Grammy Awards on 13.02.11 and arrived at the ceremony in a giant egg which she later `hatched` out of live on stage - doesn`t want her younger fans to experiment with illegal substances just because she has.
In the TV interview, she added: "I don`t want to encourage kids to do drugs. But when you asked me about the sociology of fame and what artists do wrong - what artists do wrong is they lie. And I don`t lie. I`m not a liar. I built good will with my fans. They know who I am. And I`m just like them in so many ways."
Gaga - real name Stefani Germanotta - has been open about her drug use in the past, and last year admitted she started taking a lot of cocaine after dropping out of a music course at New York University in 2005.
But the `Born This Way` singer insisted the drug had a positive effect on her music even if it had a negative effect on her lifestyle.
She previously revealed: "[Using drugs] I really figured out the art I wanted to make and was inspired. Some people find inspiration in dark places. I guess I`m one of them.
"What always made me different is that if I was doing drugs I was also making music. I wasn`t just doing drugs."