Lady Gaga strikes a pose for Nick Knight in this photo session for the September issue of Vanity Fair. Pop music’s reigning superstar also opens up to the magazine's contributing editor Lisa Robinson:

On sex & celibacy:

"I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me through my vagina."

"I'm perpetually lonely. I'm lonely when I'm in relationships. It's my condition as an artist."

"I'm drawn to bad romances. And my song ["Bad Romance"] is about whether I go after those [sort of relationships] or if they find me. I'm quite celibate now; I don't really get time to meet anyone."

On her drug-fueled past:

"I was completely mental and had just been through so much.

"I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don't want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It's in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster."

via ABC