Lady Gaga On Amy Winehouse Death: 'Everyone Was So Hard On Her'
By David Weiner
Lady Gaga detailed her sadness over the untimely passing of Amy Winehouse with the ladies of ABC's "The View" Monday morning, saying, "I'm just so devastated and so sad."
"I really couldn't speak for like 48 hours straight, I was in such shock," said Gaga. "I think the most unfortunate thing about it all is the way that the media spins things, like we can learn from Amy's death. I don't feel that Amy needed to learn any lessons. I felt that the lesson was for the world to be kinder to the superstar. Everybody was so hard on her, and everything that I knew about her was that she was the most lovely and nice and kind woman."
Gaga added, "You know, you can't have it both ways. You can't enjoy listening to someone sing sad songs about the blues and heartbreak and then not expect them to be truly heartbroken."
As for Winehouse's infamous drug and alcohol abuse, Barbara Walters pointed out that the hardest thing is to stop once you've started.
Gaga confirmed that she used to do hard drugs and credited her father for helping her to stop. Gaga explained, "My dad was like, 'I know what you're doing, and just so you know, I did it and I lost every friend and everything that I ever had while I did it.' He shared with me his life story and his struggle, so that was what ultimately changed my life. Honestly it was the best thing that happened. I never went back."
Addressing her Little Monsters directly, Gaga said, "There's a way to be recreational and be young and rebellious and have a good time and not hurt yourself."
Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on July 23. Official autopsy results as to the cause of death are still pending.