Lady Gaga suffered from depression last year and is no longer battling an eating disorder, she told Harper's Bazaar Feb. 5.
"I became very depressed at the end of 2013," said Gaga. "I was exhausted fighting people off. I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness, like an anchor dragging everywhere I go."
The pop icon said she overcame her depression after having a series of heartfelt talks with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, and by improving her health. "I am better with food," said Gaga. "I don't have an eating disorder anymore."
Gaga said the root of her depression last year was the constant presence of greedy hangers-on, who tried to exploit her fame and fortune. She said learning to develop a thicker skin and becoming more protective of herself has enabled her to relax.
"I'm better at not letting people take advantage of me," she said. "I realized that it's my own fault that people take advantage. I should be around people who cherish my talents, my health, my time. I'm not a pawn for anyone's future business. I'm an artist. I deserve better than to be loyal to people who only believe in me because I make money."
Gaga said her depression drained her energy and wore her down emotionally. "I didn't feel like standing up for myself one more time to one more person who lied to me," she said. "But January 1, I woke up, started crying again, and I looked in the mirror and said, 'I know you don't want to fight. I know it hurts, but you won't survive this depression.' I really felt like I was dying—my light completely out."
Lady Gaga said focusing on her love for music and her fans finally helped her overcome her sadness and apathy.
"You have [fight] to for your music," she said. "You have to for your fans and your family. Depression doesn't take away your talents. It just makes them harder to find. But I always find it."
In 2012, Lady Gaga revealed she had suffered from anorexia and bulimia for over a decade. The 5-foot-1 Gaga, who diets and works out obsessively to stay rock-star skinny, said she finally learned to embrace her body, no matter what her weight or size, and encouraged her fans to do the same.