The Born This Way singer said when she learned the Rehab singer died July 23 at just 27 years old, she "was just so devastated and so sad...
"And I really couldn’t speak for like 48 hours straight.”
Gaga, 25, said she was very upset by the media's spin on Winehouse’s premature passing, in that "we can learn from Amy’s death.
"I don’t feel that Amy needed to learn any lessons,” the hitmaker said. “I felt that the lesson was for the world to be kinder to the superstar.
“Everyone 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 admitted she's had her own battles with "hard drugs" -- including cocaine -- but her father's influence and guidance has kept her away from the contraband over the long haul.
Her only indulgence?
“I am a little part of the green club sometimes,” Gaga said, referring to smoking marijuana.
Gaga also said she feels a special connection to her late pal, legendary sax player Clarence Clemons, who starred alongside her in The Edge of Glory video. She called working with the late E Street Band musician, who died June 18 at 69, a life-changing experience.