Lady Gaga has never been shy about her past drug use, but a new tell-all book delves deeper into her cocaine-fueled days as a struggling artist than ever.
Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of Our Lives is written by the star’s one-time BFF Brendan Jay Sullivan.
The tome paints what can best be described as an unflinching picture of Lady Gaga’s pre-fame life, and just how pervasive cocaine use was in it.
In the book, which hits shelves August 27, Sullivan recalls hanging at Gaga's pad and watching her rub a white powder out of her carpet and onto her gums.
“It’s mint,” she told him. “I wish it was coke."
“I used to do bags and bags of it. Mostly when I was getting ready to go out, while I was putting on my makeup,” Sullivan says Gaga told him.
“I’d get a delivery and then put on some Bowie and treat myself in the mirror. But I only ever did it alone. That was my one rule.”
It was a rule easily broken, he says. When hanging with Gaga on another night at rock bar Don Hill’s, she asked him to call a dealer to get cocaine.
“I just agreed to score drugs for us both and spend our entire night smoking way too many cigarettes and talking way too fast about ourselves,” he writes.
She wasn't alone in this habit. Indeed, most her friends were heavy into the drug world while she studied at NYU’s Tish School, the book says.
Brendan recalls a conversation with Gaga in which she said her NYU friends "would buy bags and bags of cocaine. I’d be out with my friends."
"You’d catch one of them on the phone with their dads, pretending they needed the money to eat or to buy books or something, and they’d hang up."
"Then they'd go to the ATM and take out more money to party."
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