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Lady Gaga told to stop smoking by Tony Bennett

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Lady Gaga told to stop smoking by Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga has been urged to stop smoking by her great friend Tony Bennett to save her voice.

The 30-year-old singer admits one of her vices is to take a puff on a "clove cigar" even though she knows it's not good for her throat or vocal cords.

Gaga has been admonished by 90-year-old Tony - with whom she recorded the LP 'Cheek to Cheek' - for her bad habit and her other famous pals such as Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John have also told her to stub out the cigars for good.

In an interview on The BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on Friday (09.09.16), she confessed: "I know it's terrible. I have been yelled at by Elton, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, the list could go on of amazing, great people who are like, 'You need to stop smoking.' But I don't smoke cigarettes. I smoke clove cigars."

Gaga was appearing on the UK station to unveil her single 'Perfect Illusion' from her forthcoming new album and during her chat with Nick she felt the urge to pop out of the London studio for a cigar because she was feeling anxious.

She said: "I get anxiety sometimes and my record is out today and I needed to have a moment alone ... I will quit when I start to do TV and stuff, but I try to look at things in perspective."

Asked where she smoked her cigar, the pop star said: "In the garage. Am I going to get arrested?"

Gaga was joined on the show by her father Joe Germanotta and embarrassed him by revealing that when she first played "Papa G" her new track her fell asleep.

She spilled: "I played him a mix of the song in the car the other day, and we were all so tired, and he fell asleep!"

Defending himself, Joe interrupted: "I was jet lagged! I'd flown from New York to Berlin. Then she Instagramed it."

However, Gaga was quick to praise her dad for giving her an unparalleled musical education when she was growing up and inspiring her dream to become a songwriter and performer.

Talking about the songs he would play to his daughter, Joe said: "She was very determined. We could see it in her when she was four. She would stand in front of the piano and just bang on the keys.

"I used to play 'Money' by Pink Floyd. She wrote her first song. It was called 'Dollar Bill'. My wife still has it."

Talking about her dad inspires her, Gaga said: "He gives me ideas and encourages me. That's what he did as a kid."