The Daily Grind Video

Hi haters, Lady Gaga is back from hiatus!

The artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta has snagged the cover of the October issue of ELLE Magazine, and while the issue won’t hit stands for another few weeks, the sneak peek of the cover and corresponding shoot seems to provide nothing but promise.

After the cover image leaked on Twitter, ELLE released a teaser with two additional photos from the shoot and a few quotes that set the stage for a cover story that is touted as one “You Won’t Believe” on the cover.

Check out a teaser of the interview with Gaga below.

The difference between Gaga’s high-priestess act and the girl who spends time with her family:

“I am—Stefani is—a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”

On raging against the critics who question the authenticity of her early struggles:

“Everyone is so cynical—that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking me if I really, truly struggled. Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?”

How she used her forced hiatus to “go back to the core” and prepare to prove herself all over again—this time not just as a pop star but as a pop artist to prepare for her new album ARTPOP:

“I went to look back to myself being 19, with all my Warhol books and all my Yoko Ono and John Lennon CDs, my Rolling Stones CDs and my Bowie…, and I said, what would she want me to do right now? Well she’d want you to call Jeff Koons and Robert Wilson and Marina Abramović and Inez and Vinoodh…And that’s what I did!”