July 30th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
When Lady Gaga canceled the remainder of her "Born This Way Ball" tour, she was actually in much worse shape than she let on.
At the time, it was said that the star had a "labral tear of the right hip," but in actuality, she tells Women's Wear Daily, "I had broken my hip."
"Nobody knew, and I haven’t even told the fans yet," Gaga went on. "But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip. I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer.”
Thankfully, she stopped when she did. The Mother Monster has been recuperating since February, and is now preparing to release a new single, "Applause," from a new album, "ARTPOP," which is due out November 11.
Better still, she's planning to make her comeback performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25.
But in addition to recuperating physically, Gaga took some time to refresh her artistic perspective.
“I had six months to beef up my brain and my body," she said. "I was given the time to really be creative because it’s a gazing process, it really is. I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good."
That sort of statement is only going to ramp up anticipation for her latest, which we'll get our first taste of when "Applause" arrives August 19.
Although the cover art seems melancholy, Gaga said it's actually "very fun."
"It’s full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause," she told WWD. "I live for the way you cheer and scream for me. Give me that thing that I love."
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