Los Angeles: Lady Gaga still lives in studio apartment in New York despite being one of the most successful pop stars.

The ‘Poker Face’ hit maker earned in excess of USD 65 million in the past year, according to estimates, but she has chosen not to splurge on a spacious new house, because she’d rather spend the money on her stage sets and live performances.

And the singer insisted the creative freedom her phenomenal success now affords her is the real payoff from her years of hard work, reported Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

“I spend my money on my props and my creations. I’m an inventor. The true luxury of my success is that I can do it all on my own terms now, even though the roller-coaster ride is still going. (But now) I own the whole theme park,” said Gaga.